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16 October 2017

FSB Business Bitesize - Greater London - 13 October 2017

Regional News

Make sure you're ready for the T-Charge

The T-Charge (Toxicity Charge) is part of a package of actions being taken to help clean up London's polluted air. It is an additional £10 daily charge which will apply if you drive an older vehicle that doesn't meet minimum exhaust emissions standards in the central London Congestion Charge zone, from 07:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. It will come into effect on 23rd October 2017.

Use the vehicle compliance checker to see if your vehicle meets the required standard. You can find a full list of exemptions and discounts here. Payment of the T-Charge is the same way you pay the Congestion Charge.

You can sponsor our great FSB awards

The FSB's exciting new awards are now up and running and already we have seen hundreds of entries. Find out how you can enter at We also have a number of  area sponsorship opportunities, so if you think your business could benefit from supporting what could be the biggest SME awards in the region next year, contact

Christmas changes from London Bridge Station

There will be major changes to rail services and significant closures from Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January 2018, affecting rail services across London and the South East. Detailed travel advice and information to help you plan for these closures is now live at You can sign up for passenger email or SMS alerts at, and/or follow on Twitter / Instagram. Any questions about the Thameslink Programme, preparing your business for these changes or to request hard copies of leaflets for your staff, email:

Can you help represent small businesses?

HMRC's digital research department, specifically Customs are currently rebuilding their services on how to apply for VAT. Next week, on Tuesday 17 October, testers are invited to attend, for around an hour at Dorset House, Stamford Street, SE1 9PY. You will try out and feedback on the new process of applying for a Customs Identifiation number (EORI). A £60 voucher is offered for your time.

Email HMRC with your details if you can help with this, or are willing to assist with giving feedback using a digital form or process.


Business Issues

Small Business Commissioner announced

Former MP Paul Uppal has been announced as the new Small Business Commissioner - a role that FSB has long called for. Read our press release here.

Budget announcements must stop the productivity rot

The introduction of export vouchers, simplification of R&D tax credits and expansion of the Small Business Research Initiative would provide a much-needed boost to the manufacturing industry, which has seen a fall in output per hour. Mike Cherry said the Chancellor must intervene at the Autumn Budget to "stop the productivity rot" following the second quarterly fall in UK labour productivity in Q2 2017.