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FSB lobbying win in pub industry and other small business news

FSB lobbying win in pub industry
The FSB has been campaigning for 10 years on the unfair deal between Pub Companies and tenants, as well as for a statutory code backed up by an independent adjudicator in the Pub Company industry. So the announcement to look into this is a big stride in the right direction and will help many tied publicans up and down the country, who are struggling with soaring rents and prices. Read the comment which was picked up in The Times.

Traineeship discussion paper launched
With research indicating that eight in 10 small firms don't think young people are ready for the world of work, the FSB has said that the Government's discussion paper into traineeships will help to open up the debate. Read the comment and the FSB's report to improve the quality of apprenticeships. Businesses also contributed to the debate on our Twitter feed, with @simplybusiness and @hullenterprise sending FSB’s message to around 25,000 Twitter followers.

FSB survey work in the news
The media continues to pick up on the quarterly Voice of Small Business Index, with a good mention in the FT Adviser, Print Week and Ann McKechin MP in the Huffington Post.

Parliamentary update
Following the Government’s announcement that they would set up a statutory code for pubcos, the FSB’s support for the campaign was mentioned by Greg Mulholland MP, Justin Tomlinson MP and Paul Murphy MP during an Opposition Day debate.

Tractor and light trailer case studies needed
Does your business rely on light trailers under 3500kg or tractors? The EU are considering plans for a new MOT regime which could introduce regular tests for light trailers and tractors. These are currently exempt from MOTs in the UK and testing them could bring huge costs for small businesses. We want to know how it would affect your business so we can put your views across to politicians in the European Parliament.

Small businesses needed
A major TV channel is making a documentary series about small businesses in the UK. If you run a company with 8 staff or more and would like to receive advice on any aspect of the business they want to hear your story.

Have your say on the issue of the day
The ‘Voice of Small Business' Survey Panel is growing. The data gained from it is being used not only in the media, but in Parliament to give strength to arguments put forward on behalf of members, and to ensure the interests of small firms are at the top of the political agenda. FSB members can have their voice heard by signing up to the survey panel. Find out more.

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