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Small manufacturer confidence could be short-lived

Responding to a slight fall in the UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) to 54.3 in June, Gordon Millward, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Regional Chairman, said: “Our latest Small Business Index saw a huge swing in confidence among manufacturers from -10 at this time last year to +36

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

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

Small firms secure apprenticeship funding concession

The Government has announced its proposals for how the new funding arrangements for apprenticeships will work under a reformed apprenticeship system. The plans detail, for the first time, what proportion of the cost of training an apprentice would be borne by individual businesses, both those liable to pay the apprenticeship levy

Small firms could deliver a million more apprenticeships

A new report out today found the small business sector in England has the potential to double the number of apprentices they take on to well over two million, if the Government can get the incentives and package of support right. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) report found apprenticeship reform at