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Government must engage with small business on digital strategy, says FSB

Today Culture Secretary Karen Bradley launched the Government's Digital Strategy, which includes a focus on skills and infrastructure to support the digital economy.  Gordon Millward, regional chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “As the Government takes forward its digital plan announced today, it should now focus on the small

Stable employment market threatened by rising costs

The latest UK jobs figures show the employment rate has remained stable in the three months to December 2016. There are 31.84 million people in work, a figure largely unchanged from the previous three months. The number of self-employed people has increased by 125,000 since this time last year, with the

FSB applauds Doncaster’s “buy local” policy

The Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed the news that two-thirds of Doncaster Council’s budget is to be spent with local businesses. This amounts to more than £108m of council work in 2016/7 to be awarded to Doncaster businesses.  FSB’s regional chairman, Gordon Millward, said: “It is refreshing to hear that Doncaster

Proposed bank closures will hit local businesses hard

Responding to the announcement of widespread Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank (CYBG) branch closures, including branches in Hull, Goole, Wath upon Dearne and Sheffield, Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman of the FSB, said: "These closures come at a time when small firms across Yorkshire are already struggling to access banking services. Increased reliance

Top business experts to boost entrepreneurs’ knowledge at free FSB Leeds roadshow

A host of top experts from across the business spectrum, including representatives of Microsoft, Epson and Facebook, are lined up to share their knowledge and advice with SMEs heading to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Roadshow, to be staged today at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.  This free-to-attend FSB event will

FSB members press Chancellor on productivity and growth

A delegation of small business owners from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), led by national chairman Mike Cherry and policy director Martin McTague, has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP in Downing Street. With business confidence continuing to fall, the members urged the Chancellor