GDP increases in Q3
The FSB has welcomed the news that the economy grew by one per cent in the third quarter, but is warning that to sustain recovery we need to extend the National Insurance Contributions holiday to all micro firms across the UK. Read the comment, coverage in the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, ITV News and watch our reaction on BBC News.
Supply Chain Finance scheme to help small firms access finance
The FSB has welcomed Government plans to introduce a Supply Chain Finance scheme which will urge bigger businesses to help smaller firms in their supply chains with access to finance. The FSB believes this scheme will help to reduce the number of firms that are paid late as well as improving their working capital. Read the comment and coverage on Reuters, This is Money, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
Opposition gives support for IRSA redress campaign
Pressure continues to mount for an independent redress scheme for small firms that have been mis-sold complex financial products, as Ed Miliband voiced his supported the FSB’s ongoing campaign. Read the press release, coverage on This is Money and Reuters, find out why it’s a problem and use a guide if you think you've been affected.
Chi Onwurah MP mentioned her meeting with the FSB when stressing the importance of rural broadband during Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions. Stephen Lloyd MP urged the Northern Ireland Secretary to work with the FSB in Northern Ireland to boost the private sector. Lord Cotter urged the Government to look at FSB recommendations on late payment during a Lords Question.
Free business event for small firms
The Business Show, taking place 22-23 November at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre, has evolved into the largest event of its kind in the UK. It is a hive of activity for entrepreneurs and small businesses, hosting over 250 seminars, 350 exhibitors, live events, workshops, as well as the largest UK networking event. Register for free tickets at www.bstartup.com or www.gbbs.co.uk.
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