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Business rates need radical overhaul, says FSB

The business rates system needs a radical overhaul as almost one in 10 respondents to a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) survey say they are paying more in rates than rent. The survey which polled 2,425 FSB members found that a fifth of respondents pay full business rates, with three in

Infrastructure investment welcomed but delivery must happen soon, says FSB

The Federation of Small Business has welcomed the Government’s infrastructure investment outlined by Danny Alexander MP. Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: Road investment “The £28 billion investment to improve national and local roads is good news. The FSB said before last year’s Autumn Statement that such a fund was

New EU regulations cost small businesses thousands says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on MEPs to oppose European Commission proposals to introduce a regular MOT test for light trailers and agricultural tractors. Under the Commission proposals, light trailers below 3,500kg and agricultural tractors would need to undergo an MOT test for the first time in the

Town centres can be revitalised, says FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says half of independent retailers think their town centre is performing "poorly" and is backing calls for closer ties between small firms and local authorities, to boost spending on the high street. The FSB is calling for local decision-makers to have closer relationships with small

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