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FSB backs findings that legal services market failing small firms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report which supports problems identified by FSB with competition in the legal services market for small businesses. With only seventeen per cent of service providers publishing their prices online, FSB is pleased the CMA has backed its calls to

Energy reforms a big win for FSB campaign

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decision on energy market reforms is a big win for small businesses. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has campaigned tirelessly to bring more transparency to the market. Today’s decision should see businesses benefit from access to clear, comparable energy deals. The move to publish comparable

Small business commissioner must now be priority

As the Enterprise Bill receives Royal Assent, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Government to prioritise the appointment of the Small Business Commissioner which is due to be confirmed in the summer. The body will be crucial in helping to tackle late payment practices. Gordon Millward, FSB

Unexpected business costs hitting wages, says FSB

The latest UK jobs numbers show unemployment falling by 60,000 people to 1.69 million in the period October to December 2015, while average weekly earnings rose by two per cent. Commenting on the numbers, Gordon Millward, FSB regional chairman, said: “Unemployment is historically low demonstrating the ongoing strength of the UK labour

Small businesses hit hardest by UK skills gap, says FSB

Commenting on the latest UKCES annual employer skills survey, Gordon Millward, regional chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The UKCES report shows small firms continue to struggle to find staff with the skills they need. The problem appears particularly acute in sectors like manufacturing and construction. “The report also makes

Small firms under pressure with auto-enrolment surge

New FSB research has found that although smaller firms generally believe ‘auto-enrolment’ will be good for their staff and that workers should save for the future, many are still unclear what they need to do, when they need to do it, and how much it will cost. Three in four business

Small firms will struggle with new quarterly tax returns, says FSB

Commenting on the plans which will require small businesses to move from annual to quarterly digital tax reporting by 2020, Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "While the FSB supports HMRC’s digital transformation, members are deeply concerned with the move to enforce compulsory online quarterly reporting of

Sheffield councillors pitch in to promote small businesses

Sheffield Councillors are demonstrating their commitment to the city’s small business community by entering a Challenge, set for them by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The Challenge is part of the national Small Business Saturday campaign, and involves councillors visiting a local small business and taking a photograph of themselves

Small firms face different challenges with auto-enrolment, says FSB

Commenting on a new Government communication campaign which aims to make small business employers aware of their responsibility to enrol their staff into a workplace pension scheme, Gordon Millward, regional chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Over the coming years hundreds of thousands of small firms will need to