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Google is main guest at launch of FSB Connect in Sheffield

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching “FSB Connect” - a new regular monthly business networking event in Sheffield. This is part of a wider initiative which has seen a programme of regular events planned for major towns and cities across the UK.   The Sheffield event will take place

Confidence is key to Sheffield City Region’s future, says FSB

Reduced investment levels, employment uncertainty and receding markets: these are not the characteristics of a thriving local economy, but they are in danger of becoming the new reality for Sheffield City Region’s economic outlook, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).  In recent months the city region’s story has been one of

FSB urges all parties to back the 4.8 million UK self-employed

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is warning political parties against standing in the way of the UK’s millions of self-employed strivers with post-election tax hikes, including National Insurance. In its small business election manifesto, ‘Small Business, Big Ambition,’ FSB calls on parties wanting to form the next Government, and candidates

FSB seeks compensation for Hull traders

The FSB East Yorkshire branch has set up a petition calling upon Hull City Council to compensate traders in Hull city centre who have endured a year-long massive loss of trade as a result of the disruption caused by extensive street works.  Branch chairman John Olivant said: “Jobs and livelihoods have been

Councils must support firms hit by business rates hike, says FSB

As the controversial business rates revaluation comes into effect, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warns that many firms could suffer if there are delays in helping those worst affected.    The Government recognised in the recent Budget that the system was unfairly hitting some small businesses, with a number facing astronomical

Small businesses absorb National Living Wage shock

Commenting on the increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) to £7.50, Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The average FSB employer will pay an extra £2,600 this year as a direct result of Government decisions. This is due to the combined impact of today's

FSB welcomes outline of Great Repeal Bill

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the publication of the Government’s white paper on the Great Repeal Bill. FSB regional chairman Gordon Millward said: “This gives small businesses stability and certainty that Brexit will not mean sudden big changes in regulation over the next two years. While transferring EU regulations

Thirty seven problems – and tax is one, says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released a list of 37 challenges facing the self-employed. These include no sick pay, no employer pension contributions, inferior maternity pay and pensions and putting their homes and family’s livelihoods on the line to build their businesses.   FSB regional chairman Gordon Millward said: “While setting