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Small firms welcome ATM business rates ruling

Responding to the Appeal Court decision that retailers will no longer have to pay separate business rates for cash machines outside their shops, FSB development nanager Claire Reading said: "Small retailers with ATMs will be relieved to hear the court’s decision, which means cash machines will no longer be given

Compensation call following Northern rail chaos

Last week, mass delays and cancellations affected thousands of Northern’s passengers, including many small businesses and their staff. Responding to this, FSB has called on the train operating company (TOC) to resolve the issues that have plagued the network’s users ever since the introduction of new timetables in May. FSB also stressed

Small firms urge Chancellor to end business rates chaos at Budget

Phillip Hammond should end the staircase tax, bring business rates bill increases under control and commit to more frequent rates revaluations at the Autumn Budget, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The asks come seven months after the 2017 business rates revaluation took effect on 1 April. FSB first

Industrial strategy success hinges on infrastructure, say small firms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Chancellor to deliver promised improvements to digital and road connectivity while removing barriers for small housebuilders at his Autumn Budget next month. In November 2015, the Government committed to implementing a UK-wide Universal Service Obligation (USO), designed to give everyone access to

Small firms urge Chancellor to deliver promised support for hiring hardest to reach

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Chancellor to deliver a manifesto pledge to incentivise employers that take on the long-term unemployed, ex-offenders and those with a disability as part of its Autumn Budget submission. The current Conservative Manifesto commits to providing a one-year National Insurance Holiday for

New small business tsar must stamp out big business bullying

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the appointment of Paul Uppal as the first ever Small Business Commissioner. Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, said: “We’re delighted the Business Secretary has now announced the appointment of Paul Uppal to this much-needed role. “There is far too much supply-chain bullying by big businesses.

Making tax digital reforms a lifeline for small firms

Responding to significant changes in the Government’s Making Tax Digital programme, Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Business (FSB) National Chairman, said: “We’re delighted that the Chancellor’s team in the Treasury has listened to our concerns about the mandatory aspects of Making Tax Digital, and has now decided to change their planned

New roads will help small businesses

Responding to the Government’s Transport Investment Strategy, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, said: "The new strategy should improve many of the roads that small businesses depend on most - for their staff, their customers and their suppliers. “Small businesses need a dense, well-maintained road network to compete and