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Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 188 branches.

Press Releases

Shadow Chancellor unveils Labour’s plans for small business
26 Sep 2016 14:15
Shadow Chancellor unveils Labour’s plans for small business Commenting on the speech from Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “FSB welcomes the high-profile...
Business confidence falls into negative territory for first time in 4 years
22 Sep 2016 10:00
Business confidence falls into negative territory for first time in 4 years • Small business headline confidence measure falls for third quarter in a row; concerns grow that domestic economy will weaken • In the short term, small business headcount, growth and exports all rise this quarter - and...
FSB members press Chancellor on productivity and growth
21 Sep 2016 10:30
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, today met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP in Downing Street....
Let UK small businesses build Hinkley Point, says FSB
15 Sep 2016 14:15
Let UK small businesses build Hinkley Point, says FSB Commenting on the Government’s decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, said: “Investment in energy infrastructure is critical for the future power...
Small firms create jobs despite rising wage costs
14 Sep 2016 13:30
Small firms create jobs despite rising wage costs The latest UK jobs numbers show employment up by 174,000 jobs and unemployment falling to 1.63 million, down by 39,000 from the previous period, with the unemployment rate stable at 4.9%. Wage growth has slowed slightly - with average earnings, including...
Flood proposals – good start, more to do
12 Sep 2016 10:30
Flood proposals – good start, more to do FSB welcomes the progress on flood plans set out in today’s National Flood Resilience Review, but says there is still more to do to help small businesses at risk of flooding. Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, said: “Small...
Solar panel tax rise will dampen clean energy investments
05 Sep 2016 21:45
Solar panel tax rise will dampen clean energy investments Commenting on Government plans to increase tax on solar panels, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Microgeneration provides an opportunity for small businesses to invest in solutions that work...
Small businesses stretch to meet the living wage challenge
01 Sep 2016 13:15
Small businesses stretch to meet the living wage challenge New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found small firms are meeting the challenge posed by the new National Living Wage (NLW) with the majority (59%) absorbing the costs by taking lower profits. Following the introduction...
Unfair contract terms costing small firms billions
22 Aug 2016 08:30
Unfair contract terms costing small firms billions New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests half (52%) of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years. Suppliers are failing to make auto-rollover...
Small firms welcome strength in UK job market
18 Aug 2016 13:30
Small firms welcome strength in UK job market The latest UK jobs numbers show unemployment falling to 1.64 million, down by 52,000 from the previous period, with the unemployment rate continuing at 4.9%. Wage growth has risen slightly - with average earnings, including bonuses, up by 2.4%, a slightly...
Small firms could deliver a million more apprenticeships
11 Aug 2016 10:00
Small firms could deliver a million more apprenticeships A new report out today (Thursday) 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...
CMA tells banks to do more to support small businesses
09 Aug 2016 08:15
CMA tells banks to do more to support small businesses The long-awaited final recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on changes to the retail banking sector are a promising step for small businesses and should be swiftly put into action. From the outset of this 21 month...
Prime Minister’s Small Business Summit focuses on Brexit
04 Aug 2016 08:45
Prime Minister’s Small Business Summit focuses on Brexit Today (Thursday) the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will attend the Prime Minister’s business summit on Brexit at Number 10. Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “We are delighted that...
FSB deeply concerned about RBS and Natwest warning on new charges
27 Jul 2016 08:45
FSB deeply concerned about RBS and Natwest warning on new charges Responding to the news that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Natwest are considering charging business customers to deposit money, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Today’s warning...
FSB responds to record strength in job market
20 Jul 2016 16:15
FSB responds to record strength in job market The latest UK jobs numbers show unemployment falling to 1.65 million, down by 54,000 from the previous period, with the unemployment rate now at 4.9%. Wage growth has risen slightly - with average earnings, including bonuses, up by 2.3%, a slightly raised...
FSB sets out small business agenda for EU negotiations
27 Jun 2016 16:30
FSB sets out small business agenda for EU negotiations The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Government to ensure economic stability at this time of uncertainty. FSB outlines key asks to Government in the EU negotiations. Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses...
Need for stability paramount for UK small business
24 Jun 2016 09:30
Need for stability paramount for UK small business Responding to the announcement by the Prime Minister to resign and the decision by the UK to leave the EU, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The events of the last 24 hours have been momentous and...
EU referendum campaigns fight to win small business vote
13 Jun 2016 16:30
EU referendum campaigns fight to win small business vote With small businesses identified as a key swing vote in the coming EU referendum, both campaigns have today (Monday) gone head to head to make their pitch directly to small firms during a debate hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses. For...
Small businesses bearing the brunt of cyber crime
10 Jun 2016 07:30
Small businesses bearing the brunt of cyber crime A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy. The report, ‘Cyber Resilience: How to protect small firms in the...
Business Secretary Sajid Javid joins line-up for exclusive FSB global trade event
08 Jun 2016 09:30
Business Secretary Sajid Javid joins line-up for exclusive FSB global trade event The Federation of Small Businesses is pleased to announce that the Secretary of State for Business, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP will be speaking at our headline event during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. FSB’s...
FSB calls for investment in neglected rural roads
25 May 2016 09:15
FSB calls for investment in neglected rural roads A new report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that half of all small firms think the UK’s roads and public transport system have deteriorated in recent years. Only one in 10 (10%) small business owners thought roads and public...
Small firms spend four days per month battling red tape
19 May 2016 07:45
FSB Press Release Embargoed until 00:01 Thursday 19th May 2016 Small firms spend four days per month battling red tape Over half of smaller business owners (55 per cent) say their company’s growth is being held back by the amount of time they have to dedicate to business administration,...
CMA says banks must do more to support small businesses
17 May 2016 11:45
CMA says banks must do more to support small businesses The provisional recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on changes to the retail banking sector should help small businesses. Members at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) called for a set of remedies that would...
Interest rates decision provides some stability
12 May 2016 15:00
Interest rates decision provides some stability Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to leave interest rates on hold at 0.5%, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Small firms are currently facing a great deal of global economic uncertainty...
FSB challenges all candidates and all parties to back small business
04 May 2016 14:30
FSB challenges all candidates and all parties to back small business The UK’s small business owners are going to the polls tomorrow to vote in major elections in London, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, as well as local elections in England and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Mike...
FSB warns of self-employment savings time bomb
28 Apr 2016 09:15
Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 28 April 2016 FSB warns of self-employment savings time bomb A landmark report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found the UK’s dramatic shift toward self-employment could be saving up long-term retirement problems for the future. The report found that...
FSB concerned over sluggish economic growth
27 Apr 2016 18:15
FSB concerned over sluggish economic growth Commenting on today’s announcement that UK GDP grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2016, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “It’s concerning to see the slowdown in growth in the first quarter of this...
FSB to launch Women in Enterprise Taskforce
21 Apr 2016 09:45
FSB to launch Women in Enterprise Taskforce A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) ‘Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential’, explores the specific challenges faced by women-led businesses and makes recommendations for improving support, developing mentoring networks, and...
Rise in unemployment reflects faltering business confidence
20 Apr 2016 11:45
Rise in unemployment reflects faltering business confidence The latest UK jobs numbers show that although employment is broadly stable, unemployment has increased for the first time since mid-2015, up by 21,000 on the previous period. Wage growth has slowed - with earnings, including bonuses, up by...
FSB urges interest rate caution after inflation rise
12 Apr 2016 10:00
FSB urges interest rate caution after inflation rise Commenting on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which rose to 0.5% in March, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Small firms are currently dealing with a raft of challenges, including the National...
FSB concern about trade deficit
08 Apr 2016 16:30
FSB concern about trade deficit Commenting on the UK trade deficit for February which now stands at £4.8 billion, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Since the start of this year, the trade deficit has widened significantly and this is of serious...
HMRC quarterly tax returns slammed
06 Apr 2016 12:45
HMRC quarterly tax returns slammed Independent HMRC oversight body, the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board (ABAB), has refused to support the Government’s plans to force small businesses to submit quarterly digital tax returns saying: “compulsory digital record keeping and quarterly online...
Small firms prepare for new National Living Wage
30 Mar 2016 15:30
Small firms prepare for new National Living Wage On Friday (01 April 2016) the new National Living Wage (NLW) will come into force. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on small firms to make sure they act on this new legal requirement to avoid heavy penalties. The NLW, not to be...
Small businesses voice crime concerns
23 Mar 2016 08:45
Small businesses voice crime concerns New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found small firms are not reporting crimes against their business because they do not think it would lead to a successful prosecution (38%). The FSB findings call into question the accuracy of the...
Small firms hope budget measures will boost business confidence
18 Mar 2016 10:00
Small firms hope budget measures will boost business confidence As members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) gather for their National Conference in Glasgow, a new survey from the first quarter of this year finds small business confidence at the lowest level since 2013. The results underline...
Chancellor’s Budget backs small business
16 Mar 2016 14:15
Chancellor’s Budget backs small business Responding to Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget 2016 speech, Mike Cherry, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “In a Budget constrained by both the need to reduce the deficit and the economic outlook, the Chancellor has listened...
Government must take opportunity to support exporters
11 Mar 2016 12:30
Government must take opportunity to support exporters Commenting on the trade data for January which showed a slight decrease in the UK’s trade deficit, Mike Cherry, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The strong pound, economic difficulties in the Eurozone and weakening...
Ofcom chief to address smaller firms in Glasgow
07 Mar 2016 09:15
Ofcom chief to address smaller firms in Glasgow Sharon White, Chief Executive of telecoms regulator Ofcom, will address the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) National Conference at Glasgow’s SECC on 18 March. Ms White will speak to over 800 small business owners from throughout the UK,...
FSB welcomes OTS review on small business taxation
04 Mar 2016 11:45
FSB welcomes OTS review on small business taxation Commenting on the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) small company taxation review, Mike Cherry, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This OTS review has made a numbers of important recommendations which should help small...
FSB calls for Budget to back enterprise, reform business rates and simplify taxes
29 Feb 2016 09:30
FSB calls for Budget to back enterprise, reform business rates and simplify taxes In its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of the 2016 Spring Budget Statement, [1] the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Government to strengthen small business confidence by...
Small firms speak out on EU referendum vote
26 Feb 2016 08:30
Small firms speak out on EU referendum vote In the first business survey conducted since the EU referendum date was announced, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today (Friday) revealed the results of a snap poll from over 4,000 small business owners. FSB research found that 42 per cent...
FSB comments on announcement of EU referendum date
22 Feb 2016 08:30
FSB comments on announcement of EU referendum date Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on 23 June 2016, Mike Cherry, Policy Director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "FSB’s role as the voice...
FSB to champion small businesses in EU referendum campaign
17 Feb 2016 17:45
FSB to champion small businesses in EU referendum campaign FSB attended today’s business roundtable on EU reform at 10 Downing Street. Commenting on the discussion, Mike Cherry, Policy Director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "It is very clear what our members want from the...
FSB welcomes Julie Deane’s review of self employment
15 Feb 2016 13:45
FSB welcomes Julie Deane’s review of self employment On the day that founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company Julie Deane OBE has published her independent review of self-employment in the UK, Mike Cherry, Policy Director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The UK relies on millions...
New fraud taskforce should focus on businesses, says FSB
10 Feb 2016 17:45
New fraud taskforce should focus on businesses, says FSB Commenting on the Home Secretary, Theresa May’s announcement of a new Joint Fraud Taskforce that will consist of the City of London Police, National Crime Agency, Financial Fraud Action UK, Cifas, Bank of England and CEOs of major banks, Sandra...
Auto-enrolment challenge felt by smaller firms, says FSB
27 Jan 2016 12:15
Auto-enrolment challenge felt by smaller firms, says FSB Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report today, following its inquiry into automatic enrolment to workplace pensions, Mike Cherry, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The Committee is right to highlight...
John Cridland, Andrew Adonis and international speaker join line-up at FSB Policy Conference
19 Jan 2016 16:15
Event Date: Tuesday 02 February 2016 John Cridland, Andrew Adonis and international speaker join line-up at FSB Policy Conference The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is excited to announce an impressive line-up of top speakers for its upcoming Policy Conference on Tuesday 02 February 2016...
FSB reacts to EU’s Single Market Strategy
28 Oct 2015 12:15
FSB reacts to EU’s Single Market Strategy In response to the EU announcement of the Single Market Strategy, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The European Single Market is good for business. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) welcomes the European...
FSB reacts to GDP growth of 0.5%
27 Oct 2015 16:30
FSB reacts to GDP growth of 0.5% Commenting on today’s announcement that UK GDP grew by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2015, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Business growth remains positive, although the slight slowdown is reflected in recent research...
New region-city mayors must consult small businesses, says FSB
23 Oct 2015 15:15
New region-city mayors must consult small businesses, says FSB In response to Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of two new devolution deals in the North-East and the Tees Valley, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This represents a huge opportunity...
Small firms face different challenges with auto-enrolment, says FSB
21 Oct 2015 09:45
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, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation...
Jobs market continues to perform, but challenges lie ahead, says FSB
16 Oct 2015 22:30
Jobs market continues to perform, but challenges lie ahead, says FSB Commenting on the latest UK jobs numbers which show that 140,000 more people were in work and 79,000 fewer people unemployed in the period June to August 2015 compared to the period March to May, John Allan, FSB National Chairman,...
Entrepreneurial spark is alive and well, says FSB
16 Oct 2015 16:15
Entrepreneurial spark is alive and well, says FSB Commenting on the Business Population Estimates released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Today’s statistics show an annual boost of 146,000 new...
FSB reacts to new EU trade focus on small business
16 Oct 2015 09:15
FSB reacts to new EU trade focus on small business Commenting on the European Commission’s publication of a new trade strategy, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Today we welcome the European Commission’s new trade strategy which includes a dedicated...
FSB reacts to Consumer Price Index
13 Oct 2015 10:00
FSB reacts to Consumer Price Index Commenting on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which fell to -0.1% in September, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “These latest figures confirm there is no pressing need to raise interest rates. Inflationary pressures...
FSB reacts to Treasury Committee inquiry on the EU
12 Oct 2015 14:15
FSB reacts to Treasury Committee inquiry on the EU Commenting on today’s announcement that the Treasury Committee is launching an inquiry to look at the economic and financial costs and benefits of UK membership of the EU, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We...
FSB reacts to decision on UK interest rates
09 Oct 2015 11:15
FSB reacts to decision on UK interest rates Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to leave interest rates on hold at 0.5%, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “There has been plenty of speculation in the last few months about the timing of the...
FSB reacts to Prime Minister’s speech
08 Oct 2015 09:15
FSB reacts to Prime Minister’s speech Commenting on Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The FSB is encouraged by the Prime Minister’s commitment to building...
FSB welcomes Tesco’s improvement to payment practices
06 Oct 2015 18:45
FSB welcomes Tesco’s improvement to payment practices Commenting on Tesco’s decision to move to standard payment terms across its supply chain, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We are pleased to see Tesco has listened to our arguments, and made...
The FSB reacts to the Chancellor’s conference speech
05 Oct 2015 17:15
The FSB reacts to the Chancellor’s conference speech Following Chancellor George Osborne’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The surprise announcement to allow councils to retain Business...
Small firms expect to slow hiring and increase prices in response to National Living Wage, say FSB
05 Oct 2015 09:30
Small firms expect to slow hiring and increase prices in response to National Living Wage, say FSB Following the announcement of a new National Living Wage for the over 25s, a survey of employers has found significant numbers of small firms concerned about the impact the new wage rate will have on...
FSB reacts to EU plan for Capital Markets Union, stresses the need to deliver tangible benefits to small businesses
01 Oct 2015 12:15
FSB reacts to EU plan for Capital Markets Union, stresses the need to deliver tangible benefits to small businesses Commenting on the European Commission publication of an action plan for the Capital Markets Union, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We...
FSB welcomes emerging cross-party consensus to help the self-employed
30 Sep 2015 11:30
FSB welcomes emerging cross-party consensus to help the self-employed Commenting on the speech by Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn at the party’s conference in Brighton, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The Labour Party says it’s looking for a...
Labour Party recognises the importance of backing small business, says FSB
29 Sep 2015 15:45
Labour Party recognises the importance of backing small business, says FSB Commenting on a day of discussion of economic and business issues at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, including the FSB small business question time event with new Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle, and Shadow...
Continuing Tube strikes will harm small businesses
24 Aug 2015 12:30
Continuing Tube strikes will harm small businesses Commenting on strike action affecting the London Underground network this week, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This week’s planned strike action, on top of the previous disruptions, will harm small...
Councils should change course to boost smaller house builders, says FSB
21 Aug 2015 00:30
Councils should change course to boost smaller house builders, says FSB A new report commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests local planning authorities could inadvertently be costing small house builders millions of pounds. The FSB says that these extra costs risk blocking...
FSB urges GCSE students to consider next steps
20 Aug 2015 11:45
FSB urges GCSE students to consider next steps As young people up and down the country get their GCSE results today, John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses said: “The FSB congratulates everyone receiving their GCSE results today. As they consider what to do next, it’s...
Small businesses welcome interest rate stability, says FSB
06 Aug 2015 13:45
Small businesses welcome interest rate stability, says FSB Responding to the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to hold interest rates at 0.5%, John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This continued period of interest rate stability will be welcomed...
FSB reacts to Government’s short-term workaround to Operation Stack
05 Aug 2015 14:30
FSB reacts to Government’s short-term workaround to Operation Stack Commenting on the Government’s decision to use Manston Airport as a temporary lorry park, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We welcome the Government’s immediate attempts to ease...
FSB concerned new international banking rules could squeeze lending to SMEs
28 Jul 2015 17:00
FSB concerned new international banking rules could squeeze lending to SMEs The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is concerned about new proposals from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the group that sets global banking standards, which will raise the amount of capital the banks are...
Government must take decisive action now on Operation Stack, says FSB
28 Jul 2015 10:00
Government must take decisive action now on Operation Stack, says FSB The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is writing a letter to the Government today, (Monday 27th July 2015) calling on ministers to address, once and for all the travel chaos caused by Operation Stack. The disruption is having...
Small Business Commissioner must have clout to tackle late payment, says FSB
27 Jul 2015 13:45
Small Business Commissioner must have clout to tackle late payment, says FSB The Federation of Small Businesses sees today’s Government proposal for a Small Business Commissioner to help tackle late payment as a step in the right direction. It is good to see the Government taking action so soon...
Small firms expecting to hire despite slight rise in unemployment, say FSB
17 Jul 2015 09:15
Small firms expecting to hire despite slight rise in unemployment, say FSB Reacting to news that unemployment has risen by 15,000 to 1.85 million people between March and May 2015, John Allan, FSB National Chairman, said: “Although unemployment is very marginally up, we believe the previously...
FSB reacts to Consumer Price Index
14 Jul 2015 12:15
FSB reacts to Consumer Price Index Commenting on today’s fall in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the year to June, now at 0.0%, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Today’s small drop in inflation, along with the recent decision to keep interest rates...
FSB holds talks to assess the growth potential in the North
13 Jul 2015 09:45
FSB holds talks to assess the growth potential in the North The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling for greater efforts to rebalance the economy away from London and the South East to ensure the vision of a prosperous Northern Powerhouse becomes a reality. A series of policy events...
Unlocking productivity key to small business growth, say FSB
13 Jul 2015 08:45
Unlocking productivity key to small business growth, say FSB Following the publication of the Treasury productivity report: ‘Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’, John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The UK faces a large and longstanding...
Interest rate stability is welcomed by small firms, says FSB
09 Jul 2015 15:30
Interest rate stability is welcomed by small firms, says FSB Responding to the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to hold interest rates at 0.5%, John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: "Small firms are still assessing the impact of yesterday’s...
Budget is a potentially challenging, mixed bag for business, says FSB
08 Jul 2015 14:15
FSB Comment Issue date: Wednesday 08 July 2015 Budget is a potentially challenging, mixed bag for business, says FSB The Chancellor is right to continue to focus on the budget deficit reduction and has made some tough decisions to reach his goals. For businesses, the Budget contained a mixed...
Small Businesses need a say over changes to Sunday trading
08 Jul 2015 12:15
Small Businesses need a say over changes to Sunday trading Following the announcement of possible changes to Sunday trading laws, John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses said: “The FSB remains concerned about the impact of any change to Sunday trading rules on smaller retailers....
Energy review finally recognises business concerns, says FSB
07 Jul 2015 12:00
Energy review finally recognises business concerns, says FSB CMA energy market investigation announced in its summary that small businesses are deterred, impeded and discouraged from saving on huge energy bills. Commenting on the findings of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following...
Turning up the heat – FSB publishes guidance for businesses
03 Jul 2015 13:30
Turning up the heat – FSB publishes guidance for businesses The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) released (today) its guidance to help businesses overcome the challenges as temperatures reach record levels. While the hot weather can be beneficial for many businesses’ profits, employers...
FSB and CBI present a unified business voice
01 Jul 2015 17:45
FSB and CBI present a unified business voice For the first time the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) are joining forces to deliver a united message: big and small businesses - the reality is collaboration not conflict. The UK economy’s continued...
No more delays for airport expansion, says FSB
01 Jul 2015 14:00
No more delays for airport expansion, says FSB The Airports Commission led by Sir Howard Davies today recommended Heathrow airport expansion. It’s now up to the politicians to deliver it. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) submitted the views of our membership into the Airports Commission...
FSB welcomes fresh focus by Ofcom on small business needs
25 Jun 2015 11:45
FSB welcomes fresh focus by Ofcom on small business needs Commenting on the release by Ofcom of their “Broadband services for SMEs: assessment and action plan” [2], John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Today’s report by Ofcom shines welcome new light on...
FSB reacts to Cole Commission on Exports
24 Jun 2015 10:30
FSB reacts to Cole Commission on Exports Reacting to the Cole Commission on Exports John Allan, National FSB Chairman, said: “The Cole Commission report is a welcome contribution into the current debate about how to boost UK exports. The report raises some good ideas, such as better co-ordination...
FSB and Young Enterprise join forces to create a new generation of entrepreneurs
23 Jun 2015 11:15
FSB and Young Enterprise join forces to create a new generation of entrepreneurs The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity Young Enterprise, are teaming up and promoting business-based education to help create the next wave of entrepreneurs. Teenagers...
First major small business gathering since the General Election
22 Jun 2015 09:00
First major small business gathering since the General Election More than two hundred guests from the business community will be attending the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Summer Reception at the House of Commons tonight (22.06.15). It is the first major meeting of small business owners, government...
FSB optimistic over continued fall in unemployment
18 Jun 2015 11:45
FSB optimistic over continued fall in unemployment Commenting on the news that unemployment has fallen by 43,000 between February and April 2015 compared to the three months to January, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Today’s labour market statistics...

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