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Forum of Private Business welcomes stage 1’s Brexit deal but urges government to properly understand the needs of business as it heads into a trade negotiation
08 Dec 2017 15:00
Welcoming today’s announcement of a deal at stage one of the Brexit negotiations, the Forum of Private Business is calling on the government to better understand the needs of British business as it begins trade negotiations. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said: “We’re delighted the...
Small Business Saturday is just the start of what’s needed to support businesses, according to the FPB
01 Dec 2017 15:12
On the eve of Small Business Saturday, The Forum of Private Business has renewed its call on the government to increase support for small businesses with a particular focus on Britain’s high streets. The Forum welcomes this important annual event, but feels the government still has some way to go...
Forum of Private Business gives Chancellor 4 out of 10 for his lost opportunity Budget
22 Nov 2017 15:58
The Forum of Private Business is voicing disappointment at the Chancellor’s lack of support for small businesses in today’s Budget. Having campaigned for a greater understanding by Government of the value of the SME sector, lobbied for relief for high street businesses from draconian business...
Forum of Private Business puts Brexit clarity at the top of their Budget Wish List
18 Nov 2017 09:00
If the Chancellor can’t find a financial rabbit to pull out of the hat on Budget Day, the Forum of Private Business is asking him at least to make life easier for the UK’s small businesses by giving them some clarity on the post Brexit environment. Emphasising the difference between big business,...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Pub Code Adjudicator's support for pub tenants
08 Nov 2017 11:14
The Forum of Private Business are delighted that Mr Newby is asking for tenant's experiences having failed to recognise and act on them so far. Following correspondence with both Mr Newby and Margot James, as well as a very constructive meeting with the Pub Code Adjudicator's business department...
FPB Raises Concerns Over The Impact of Today’s Rate Rise on Business
02 Nov 2017 14:00
The Forum of Private Business has raised concerns about the impact on the business community of today’s base rate rise. Today’s rise represents the first increase since July 2007. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the FPB, said: “While the small increase may not impact businesses hugely, it...
FPB welcomes calls for US trade talks to coincide with EU negotiations but requests bolder actions
27 Oct 2017 15:51
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed calls for trade talks with the USA to proceed alongside the EU trade negotiations. The proposal was made by the Legatum Institute’s Shanker Singham at this week's International Trade Select Committee. He explained that by holding trade talks with the...
Forum of Private Business calls for clarity on the direction of Brexit negotiations
11 Oct 2017 14:45
The Forum of Private Business is calling on the government to clarify the direction of the Brexit negotiations, as Parliament begins to scrutinise the EU Withdrawal Bill. After months of negotiations and no significant progress, the Forum is expressing its concerns for those businesses on which the...
Forum of Private Business welcomes long awaited Small Business Commissioner appointment
04 Oct 2017 08:00
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the appointment of Paul Uppal as the new Small Business Commissioner, setting out three key priorities they would like addressed. They are looking to him to make the issue of Late Payment his number one priority, with an urgent look at the damage that the...
Government support for UK businesses trading with Africa is welcomed by the FPB as they await further support for SMEs
18 Sep 2017 15:05
The Forum of Private Business is urging the government to go further to support business today, after it welcomed the government’s initiative to support UK businesses trading with Africa. On Sunday it was announced that the UK’s export credit agency will double support for trade with South Africa...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Pub Code Adjudicator's belated support for landlords
23 Aug 2017 16:30
The Forum of Private Business has responded to Paul Newby's announcement today setting out the initial results of his 'fact finding exercise' into tied pub tenants both by welcoming it and expressing disappointment that it has taken him too long to engage in this way with tenants. Ian...
As poor economic data is released, the Forum of Private Business warns of perfect storm brewing and puts the blame on the Government’s single-minded Brexit focus
10 Aug 2017 13:00
The Forum of Private Business is advising members to have a survival plan in place as the UK goes through the Brexit negotiations. Reacting to today’s poor Productivity and Trade data, which show that the UK’s total trade deficit widened by £2 billion between May and June of this year, the Forum...
Government’s new Data Protection Bill risks being the death knell for many small businesses according to the Forum of Private Business
07 Aug 2017 16:15
The Forum of Private Business is calling on the Government to form a working group to consider the impact on small businesses of the proposed GDPR legislation following the announcement of the bill today to be discussed in parliament after the recess, as a lack of clarity on what small business can and...
Forum of Private Business welcomes tax simplification
01 Aug 2017 14:30
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the Government's launch of the Small Business Online Forum enabling small and micro businesses to get quick and easy advice on their tax issues. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of The Forum of Private Business, commented: “We have been consistently asking...
FPB makes fresh calls for the appointment of the Small Business Commissioner, following positive results for the Grocery Code Adjudicator
20 Jul 2017 15:15
The Forum of Private Business is calling for the appointment of the much-promised Small Business Commissioner, after positive news from the Grocery Sector yesterday. The first Grocery Code Review, published yesterday, outlined the positive impact of the Groceries Code Adjudicator, citing a positive...
Forum of Private Business welcomes the Finance Bill announcement as HMRC listen to the pleas from business
13 Jul 2017 15:00
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed today's announcement from Government on the timetable for the introduction of Digital Tax returns, providing relief for micro businesses and delaying the rollout of the changes being introduced for the larger ones. Simplifying tax has been at the centre...
FPB welcomes export figures but remains cautious over the impact of Brexit
11 Jul 2017 16:45
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed today’s export figures but is remaining cautious over the impact Brexit will have of Britain’s export markets. Analysis of the 2015 data shows that whilst the United States is the largest single destination for service exports, receiving almost £21bn...
Tax simplification announcement will help small businesses according to Forum
03 Jul 2017 13:45
The Simplification of the Corporation Tax Computation Report announced today by the Office of Tax Simplification will be welcomed by the small business community according to the Forum of Private Business. Tax simplification has been at the heart of the Forum’s lobbying on behalf of business. It...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Government commitment to Digital
03 Jul 2017 12:45
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the commitment of the Government towards the digital economy in the inclusion of Digital within the DCMS brief, and the launch of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund. Commenting on the announcement by Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury,...
FPB gives Theresa May 6 out of 10 for her Queen’s speech
21 Jun 2017 17:15
Theresa May’s first Queen’s speech has been given a 6 out of 10 by the Forum of Private Business. Commenting after the speech, Managing Director of the Forum, Ian Cass, said: “Quite rightly it talked first about the economy and the importance of clear communication regarding the Brexit negotiations...
Forum of Private Business sounds a 'mayday’ distress signal for businesses
09 Jun 2017 09:15
The Forum of Private Business is calling more loudly than ever for the UK’s politicians to recognise that the economic strength of the UK is reliant on the country’s five million small businesses. Chief Executive of the Forum, Ian Cass comments, ‘The voice of small business has been completely...
Forum of Private Business calls on Labour for more clarity on their Small Business Proposals
06 Jun 2017 21:30
The Forum of Private Business, representing nearly 20,000 privately owned small businesses, is requesting clarification from Jeremy Corbyn on his proposals to support Small Businesses following his Leaders Debate interview Chief Executive of the Forum, Ian Cass has issued the request commenting,...
Forum of Private Business sets out its Election Agenda to support Business Growth
01 Jun 2017 15:45
The Forum of Private Business is encouraging the future government to create conditions for an increase in business performance and productivity both in UK trading and exporting overseas. “A one percent increase in productivity achieved across the UK macro economy would add almost £20 billion to...
Responding to the weekend’s cyber attack: The Forum’s top tips to protect your business
15 May 2017 16:15
The Forum of Private Business has outlined their top tips for businesses in response to the weekend's cyber attacks. Experts are warning that there could be further ransomware cases this week after the worldwide global cyber attack that has affected hundreds of thousands of individuals and...
FPB lobbies government to Get Britain Trading as trade statistics are released
07 Apr 2017 09:00
Today’s trade balance data underlines the need for government to help small and medium-sized businesses, according to the Forum of Private Business. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the FPB, said: “It is constantly said that businesses are the ‘backbone’ of the economy, so now is the time for...
Forum of Private Business helps to educate Politicians to Get Britain Trading
28 Mar 2017 11:00
The Forum of Private Business is launching a ‘Get Britain Trading’ campaign to coincide with the Article 50 trigger on Brexit. Positioned with the objective of working with small businesses to increase their performance and productivity in both home and overseas markets, at the heart of the initiative...
Forum of Private Business welcomes NI U turn
15 Mar 2017 12:15
The Forum of Private Business welcomes the Chancellor's reconsideration of his plans to increase Class 4 National Insurance announced in the budget on the 8th March. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum, commented, "The Forum has long lobbied for a simplified tax system and continues to...
“Squeezing the smaller employers and self-employed who make up a large part of the UK economy is not clever" Forum of Private Business tells Chancellor
08 Mar 2017 14:00
The Forum of Private Business has given the Chancellor 4 out of 10 for his Budget announcements, with a warning that continued pressure on small businesses and the self-employed is short sighted as we look to get Britain trading again. The cap on business rate increases will be a welcome relief to...
Measures to get Britain’s High Streets trading again top the Forum of Private Business Budget six point wish list
06 Mar 2017 08:00
The Forum of Private Business is positioning the Chancellor’s red budget box firmly in the high street as it lobbies on behalf of the independent businesses impacted by the Business Rates changes on the eve of the Budget. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum, says, ‘Bit by bit small businesses...
High Street Businesses being put under unsustainable pressure Forum of Private Business tells BBC
17 Feb 2017 13:15
As the impact of the Business Rate Review starts to hit high street businesses, the Forum of Private Businesses, which represents many of the independent and family businesses who will be impacted, is highlighting that Business Rates are just one of the costs that disproportionately penalises small businesses. ‘We...
Forum of Private Business cites Britain as trading again
10 Feb 2017 10:00
Ian Cass, CEO of the Forum of Private Business, is citing the Production, Manufacturing and Trade Balance data announced today (10 February) as a real indication that Britain is well placed for business in the post Brexit environment. "Today's data is excellent news as we approach the Brexit...
Forum of Private Business welcomes CMA Bank Competition Recommendations
02 Feb 2017 11:45
The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the report from the Competition and Markets Authority into Retail Banking. The Forum has long lobbied for greater transparency, and the CMA’s further opening of the business banking market to more competition can only be good news for businesses looking...
Forum of Private Business welcomes the Government announcement on Late Payment
31 Jan 2017 12:00
The Forum of Private Business welcomes the announcement from BEIS that Late Payment of small business invoices is to be a focus of the Minister for Business. They claim that the issuance of guidance to large businesses on how to pay on time is probably unnecessary, as most know the procedure, but...
The Forum of Private Business calls for Brexit clarity, again, after today's Supreme Court decision
24 Jan 2017 11:44
Whilst the Prime Minister's recent Brexit speech gave some clarity to businesses, enabling them to start planning their post Brexit positioning, the Supreme Court's decision has now reintroduced uncertainty. The Forum is calling on MPs and the Government as a whole to consider the plight of...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Brexit clarity as Prime Minister sets out her plans
18 Jan 2017 11:15
The Forum of Private business has welcomed the plans set out by the Prime Minister in her Brexit speech as ‘the best business could hope for at this stage’. Having juggled, over the last few month, with the uncertainty of not knowing whether the UK would be following a Norway model, a Sweden model,...
Forum calls on Prime Minister to give small businesses Brexit certainty
16 Jan 2017 15:30
The Forum of Private Business is calling on Teresa May to give small businesses some clarity of the Government's plans for Brexit when she addresses Parliament. Members of the Forum are reporting a reluctance to invest and grow whilst they are unclear on what the new landscape will look like. Chief...
Forum of Private Business sends the Taxman a warning notice
10 Jan 2017 15:30
The Forum of Private Business has sounded a note of caution to HMRC following their announcement that they are to reassess their plans to centralise their offices from the existing 170 to 13 regional centres. Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass commented, ‘When HMRC first...
Blame the Bankers again….£10bn in lost productivity. That’s the Forum of Private Business Christmas Message as they explain Bank Holidays.
20 Dec 2016 09:30
This year sees Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a weekend, the result of which means that these two festive bank holidays are pushed back to the Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December 2016. Every year, England and Wales have eight bank holidays - one of the world’s lowest allocations of communal...
Forum of Private Business launches Pocket Guide for Small Business Saturday.
01 Dec 2016 09:30
To coincide with Small Business Saturday, the Forum is launching a ‘Pocket Guide to Business Start-ups’, and promoting a Small Business Membership Package aimed at the start up market. Small Business Saturday is now in its 4th year and even more businesses are now getting involved. In 2015 more...
Forum of Private Business gives Chancellor 6/10 for his Autumn Statement
23 Nov 2016 13:45
The Forum of Private Business has given the Chancellor 6/10 for his first Autumn Statement, disappointed that he has not gone further to support small businesses in the post Brexit era. ‘The freeze on fuel duty is welcome for all those businesses involved in transport, and the initiatives to support...
Forum of Private Business welcomes HMRC transparency, but remains critical of their query response times.
11 Nov 2016 13:56
On behalf of small businesses, the Forum has both challenged and worked with HMRC to improve their performance and transparency. They have not been slow in criticising deficiencies when appropriate, but welcome Jim Harra’s public letter yesterday reassuring small businesses that the digital Tax changes...
Forum of Private Business welcomes banks' new declines referral platform
01 Nov 2016 10:00
The Forum of Private Business welcomes the launch today of the banks' new referral platform offering businesses who have had their lending request declined, the opportunity to be referred to an alternative lender who may be able to support them. Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum said, '...
On the eve of EU Confidence Data the Forum of Private Business members voice their concerns over the Brexit negotiations
19 Oct 2016 10:00
Following the Brexit vote and discussions with its members, the Forum of Private Business produced a 10 point Brexit plan which members felt would help business in this time of change and give Government the opportunity to show it recognised the importance of the UK’s small businesses and would grasp...
Forum encourages small businesses to fill the Marmite gap
13 Oct 2016 11:28
As the impact of the weaker exchange rate hits the major supermarkets like Tesco, the Forum of Private Business is encouraging UK businesses to seize the opportunity and position themselves as preferred Sterling based suppliers. Ian Cass, MD of the Forum commented, 'For too long major retail...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Business Rate transparency.
29 Sep 2016 11:21
The business lobby organisation, the Forum of Private Business welcomes the Government's announcement that it proposes to review Business Rates and introduce more transparency. Business Rates represent a material financial burden on small, high street businesses and in supporting the Government's...
Flat pint for Pub Adjudicator as Forum warns of impending hangover
16 Sep 2016 16:30
The Forum of Private Business is highlighting concern in the pubs, restaurants and hospitality industry, after it was revealed that the Pubs Code Adjudicator has a conflict of interest. Following an Early day Motion tabled in Parliament on the 14 September and formal comment by the British Pub Confederation...
Forum of Private Business looks to boost manufacturing
07 Sep 2016 14:00
Responding to the Office for National Statistics data release indicating a decline in manufacturing in the UK following the Brexit referendum, the Forum of Private Business is encouraging manufacturers to look to opportunities for growth as opposed to reducing their production in the face of uncertainty. Ian...
FORUM OF PRIVATE BUSINESS AND PBF SOLUTIONS RESPOND TO CMA RETAIL BANKING REPORT WITH THE LAUNCH OF A UNIQUE BANKING COMPARISON PORTAL
09 Aug 2016 07:00
Financial technology provider PBF Solutions is partnering with the Forum of Private Business (The Forum) to give the Forum’s 12,000 member businesses direct access to YourBusinessMoney, the UK’s first comparison portal to use a company’s unique banking activity profile to identify the best-value...
Forum welcomes the new team
15 Jul 2016 15:30
A Week ago the Forum of Private Business was expressing its concerns in Westminster and with the then chancellor George Osborne, that the first step in its ten point plan was not happening quickly enough:- Clear direction and confidence. “Let’s see a clear and decisive statement from the government...
Forum urges business to take back control over access to finance
13 Jul 2016 10:00
The Forum of Private Business is urging businesses to respond to the Governor of the Bank of England's comments in the latest Financial Stability Report that, "the determinant of credit growth in the economy will be credit demand as opposed to constraints over credit supply". Reinforcing...
Business rate revaluations: Delivering more frequent re-evaluations
08 Jul 2016 12:30
“For many small businesses this is one of their largest overheads. Compared with a domestic dwelling of a similar size [which uses more local services] the business rate is something 6 to 7 times greater.” The Forum has a simple position on Business Rates, they should be fairer for businesses...
Forum welcomes greater transparency in the business rates process
07 Jul 2016 13:15
The Forum welcomes the government’s new online service which will allow customers to provide information and track progress of their check or challenge to business rates. The new system was confirmed by Secretary of State Greg Clark, who said that businesses will benefit from a quicker and more...
Forum cautiously welcomes the first Business Impact Target (BIT) report
28 Jun 2016 10:15
The Forum has given a cautious welcome to the Business Impact Target (BIT) report from the Better Regulation Executive, as the need for transparency is greater than some of the deficiencies that the report contains. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business explained, “We believe...
Forum publishes 10 point plan to turn Brexit into a business opportunity
27 Jun 2016 15:00
The Forum has today emailed George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business and Anna Soubry, Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise with their ten point plan to help grow the economy. Forum Managing Director Ian Cass writes: "On...
Forum advice: “keep calm and carry on, but plan for change in your own time”
24 Jun 2016 12:15
The Forum is advising members to continue with business as usual and, while the political landscape has changed, ultimately commerce has not. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business, has 5 key suggestions to help employers to respond effectively to the decision to vote to leave. 1. Keep...
Forum responds to decision to leave Europan Union with plea to unite the country and cut red tape
24 Jun 2016 05:00
After a long and at sometimes acrimonious campaign on both sides of the argument, the Forum has responded to the decision to leave the EU with a request for the government to take immediate action to support SMEs and address their many issues and concerns that they have raised during the referendum campaign. “Politicians...
Independent poll shows failure of Remain Campaign to connect with business owners
21 Jun 2016 13:00
On the eve of the vote, an independent survey of over 700 business owners from Sample Answers, supported by the Forum of Private Business, has indicated that 55% of business owners will vote to leave the EU on Thursday, with just 35% certain to vote for the Remain Campaign. 10% are still undecided but...
Forum wants Fathers day to be a catalyst for recognition for the UK’s forgotten wealth creators
17 Jun 2016 07:00
According to the Forum of Private Business, more needs to be done to support fathers who are also business owners, for the good of the economy. They believe the best way to help this forgotten army of wealth creators is to reduce the time they spend on red tape and regulation as well as the stress that...
Forum welcomes delay to Prompt Payment Certification, but warns the new deadline is set in stone
10 Jun 2016 10:45
The Forum of Private Business, a champion for Prompt Payment, has welcomed the delay in introducing the certification scheme SHA-256-SSL until 19th September when it became clear that a small number of businesses had not updated their software packages. The certification scheme was due to be introduced...
Forum welcomes delay to Prompt Payment Certification, but warns the new deadline is set in stone
10 Jun 2016 10:00
The Forum of Private Business, a champion for Prompt Payment, has welcomed the delay in introducing the certification scheme SHA-256-SSL until 19th September when it became clear that a small number of businesses had not updated their software packages. The certification scheme was due to be introduced...
Forum argues “we do not need more ‘facts’, we need a plan”
10 Jun 2016 07:15
The Forum has become exasperated by both sides of the EU debate and their inability to clarify what the future will look like after June 23rd so that firms can plan and invest for the future. “All business owners are faced with a degree of uncertainty, but they manage by planning, they look at the...
Forum of Private Business calls on the Government to speed up Employment Tribunals
07 Jun 2016 07:00
Member organisation and employment law specialists, the Forum of Private Business are using the case of Dr Eva Caneiro to highlight one of the biggest issues of the Employment tribunal system – the length of time it takes for a company to resolve an issue. Dr Eva Caneiro left Chelsea Football club...
Forum of Private Business puts on its compliance hat to give Euro 2016 tips for small business employees
03 Jun 2016 12:45
With Euro 2016 starting on 10th June and lasting until 10th July, do employers need to keep an eye out for staff absences caused by sporting events? Find out what you can do to encourage employees to enjoy the celebrations without disrupting your business. "Any sporting event can great for...
Ian Cass the Managing director of the Forum of Private business reacted to the announcement from Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General of Customer service
25 May 2016 13:15
Ian Cass the Managing director of the Forum of Private business reacted to the announcement from Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General of Customer service who said, “We recognise that early in 2015 we didn’t provide the standard of service that people are entitled to expect and we apologised at...
Forum calls on Anna Soubry to apologise for the Pubs Code Fiasco
25 May 2016 07:00
The British Pub Confederation, which includes the Forum of Private Business, have concluded that the £1.6 million cost of the Pub Adjudicator's office, which was designed to resolve disputes between licensees and pub operating companies is a complete waste of money. The Confederation have highlighted...
Forum responds to CMA report on retail banking
17 May 2016 07:30
In response to the publication of the CMA report into the banks, Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business commented: "The Forum of Private Business welcomes the recommendations of the Competition and Markets Authority report into Retail Banking. Transparency and fairness are...
Forum demands detail on the deregulation from both sides of the EU debate
13 May 2016 16:00
With 40 days to go before the polling booths open, the Forum of Private Business is calling for both sides of the EU debate provide some details on deregulation so that business owners can decide whether being in or out of Europe will be beneficial for themselves and their business. According to the...
Forum warns BIS committee not to bottle it when questioning the new Pub Code Adjudicator
09 May 2016 14:15
Just 8 days into his job as New Pub Code Adjudicator Mr Paul Newby, is to be questioned by a BIS select committee, after the British Pub Confederation, the Forum and others questioned his impartiality. "We welcome his appearance in front of the committee as many of our members from the hospitality...
50 days to go until the vote and still a need for balanced information on EU argues the Forum
03 May 2016 15:30
With 50 days to go before the Europe vote the Forum of Private business is disappointed in the response to its request for balanced information to put in front of its members and help them reach a well informed decision before the vote on the 23rd June. As a result, businesses are being left to educate...
Traditional business crime continues to fall, but there are worrying indicators in the latest government statistics
28 Apr 2016 11:00
The latest business crime statistics have highlighted how crime has changed and how it is likely to continue to change in the future, as the information and communication sector experienced the lowest rate of ‘traditional’ crime but the highest rate of online crime across all sectors. The sector...
Forum responds to CMA report into supermarket unfair practices
27 Apr 2016 12:15
Ian Cass, the Chief executive of the Forum of Private business has welcomed the findings from the Competitions and Market Authority into unfair practices by the supermarkets. Ian stated "our members regularly refer to the need for a level playing field, so transparency and fairness is one of...
Firms such as Argos should look at small firm innovation not pressurising their supply chain
27 Apr 2016 10:30
Following the mediocre results at Argos and the continuing troubles at British Home Stores, the Forum is arguing that the focus for reinvigorating the high street should be set around new smaller innovative retailers rather than the large traditional high street brands. In contrast to BHS, 49% of...
Forum cautiously welcomes the consultation on “non-compete” clauses
25 Apr 2016 15:30
The Forum of Private Business welcomes the consultation on clauses that stop employees moving to a competitor of their current employer, so long as they ultimately protect our members businesses. The Forum would however, like the consultation framed within a wider review on how regulation can be changed...
Forum encourages Government to recognise to costs of employing for small businesses
20 Apr 2016 22:30
Referring to the disappointing employment numbers, Ian Cass said, Today's numbers clearly show that conditions remain difficult for businesses looking to grow. While the government expresses a wish for UK business to be more productive, they need to recognise that the new Living Wage and the...
Forum welcomes Tesco results...to a point
13 Apr 2016 11:45
The Forum of Private Business, arguably one of Tesco's toughest critics, today welcomed the news that the supermarket has returned to profit, taking at face value their explanation that improved profitability is based on robust leadership and good business practices. The Forum will be writing...
Forum reminds businesses about the changes due in April
29 Mar 2016 14:45
The Forum of Private Business has taken the unusual step of reminding members and other businesses about changes that come into place in April. The key change, that has been widely reported, is the introduction of the National Living Wage which will take place from April 1 (depending on when the...
Forum of Private Business expresses concern at Decentralisation of Business Rates proposal
21 Mar 2016 13:30
Ahead of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the 22 March taking evidence on Business Rates, the Forum of Private Business is sounding a note of caution on the Budget proposal to pass control of Business Rates to Local Authorities. Ian Cass, the CEO of the Forum said, “In regard...
‘Good moves on stability but more simplification please Chancellor ‘ says the Forum of Private Business
16 Mar 2016 13:45
The Budget and the Business Tax Roadmap offered a unique opportunity for the Chancellor to reform the tax system, making tax less taxing for small businesses. Ian Cass, CEO of the Forum of Private Business said, “the disproportionate burden of tax and regulatory adherence for small businesses is...
Forum of Private Business lobbies the Chancellor for a business friendly budget
11 Mar 2016 13:00
The Forum of Private Business is calling on the Chancellor to focus on four key areas to support business when he delivers his budget on the 16 March, all aimed at growing the contribution from smaller companies to the overall UK economy. Ian Cass, the Chief Executive of the Forum commented, ‘ We...
Forum of Private Business welcomes Government move to reduce Red Tape
10 Mar 2016 15:45
The Forum of Private Business welcomes today's announcement by the Government of the merging of the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office with the intention of reducing the burden of regulation on small businesses.

 Ian Cass, Chief Executive...
Pubcos need to take more care with the heritage and tradition of Britain's Pub culture.
29 Feb 2016 11:15
In fact the name ‘Pubcos’ is a bit misleading, as they have no real interest in brewing or maintaining Britain’s pub heritage. Many are actually property companies plain and simple, whose estates are made up of public houses. The pub business model is not flawed, evidenced by the number of...
Forum looking for an informed debate on Britain's EU membership
22 Feb 2016 16:15
The Forum is urging for an informed debate on Britain's EU membership that will allow their members and other employers to make their choice based on the best evidence available. The organisation, which represents thousands of employers, will not take a side on this issue but will be looking...
Forum enters Aggregate Industries into their Hall of Shame
09 Feb 2016 07:00
The Forum formerly entered Aggregate Industries into their Hall of Shame at 10am today for their excessively long payment terms after a member reported that the company pays in 90 days. The construction materials provider, which can trace its heritage in the UK from the Ellis family, is now owned...
Forum welcomes Government Response on the Protection of Small Businesses when Purchasing Goods and Services
02 Feb 2016 16:30
The Forum welcomes the Government response to the Call for Evidence on the Protection of Small Businesses when Purchasing Goods and Services even though the response is to undertake further investigation before deciding if any further reforms are necessary. The Forum is concerned about a further...
"Crickhowell conundrum" becomes more imminent for small employers according to new research
28 Jan 2016 15:00
Employers are increasingly being confronted by the "Crickhowell Conundrum" the choice between competing on a level playing field with large corporations or supporting the communities in which they live by shouldering a level of business taxation that is widely considered too high. "At...
UK years away from making quarterly tax returns viable– warns small business lobby group
28 Dec 2015 07:00
Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business believes that the UK is years away from being able to cope with quarterly tax returns from all 5.4 million businesses in the UK as opposed to the 2.35 million that are on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR). The Forum has estimated...
Forum comments on this year’s highs and lows and the outlook for 2016
23 Dec 2015 11:15
Commenting on the highs and lows for small businesses in 2015, Ian Cass, Managing Director at the Forum of Private Business, said: “On the positive side, the UK economy has continued to grow at levels above those of most of our international competitors and growth is likely to continue in 2016....
Forum to remove Diageo from the "Hall of Shame"
21 Dec 2015 07:45
The Forum of Private Business, a leading watchdog on poor payment practices for over a decade, has taken the decision to remove Diageo from the Hall of Shame. The Forum feels that the company has taken sufficient steps to improve their payment terms since they were inducted into the Hall of Shame in...
The Forum urges festive fun as long as employers have taken precautions!
14 Dec 2015 15:45
Already a small number of members have called in as a result of arguments that have happened at the Christmas Party and so the Forum of Private Business is reminding business owners and employees to be aware of the seasonal dangers that could potentially leave then with a nasty financial hangover long...
Initial response from the Forum of Private Business to the Autumn Statement
25 Nov 2015 12:30
Ian Cass, Managing Director of the national small employer organisation The Forum of Private Business, has responded to today’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor, George Osborne: “The Forum was pleasantly surprised by the budget. There were a number of positive aspects of the budget, most...
Forum's detailed response to the Autumn Statement
25 Nov 2015 10:15
Ian Cass, Managing Director of the national small employer organisation The Forum of Private Business, has responded to today’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor, George Osborne: “The Forum was pleasantly surprised by the budget. “Overall the Forum asked for a focus on Simplicity, Consistency...
Forum sets out their members hopes from the Autumn Statement
23 Nov 2015 14:00
The Forum of Private Business (FPB), the small business support and lobby group, has called on the chancellor to focus on three core themes in his autumn statement; simplicity, consistency and productivity. Simplicity Tax simplification is sorely needed and, long term, Forum members would like a...
Forum counsels Chancellor against bringing forward Living Wage timetable in the Autumn Statement
20 Nov 2015 07:00
The Forum of Private Business (FPB), the small business support and lobby group, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to seek assurances that there will be no unexpected acceleration of the living wage timetable. Feedback from Forum members indicates that the impact of increasing the minimum...
Probably not the best payer in the World – Carlsberg enters Hall of Shame again!
11 Nov 2015 07:00
Carlsberg have been entered into the Forums’ hall of shame of a record third term after giving their supplier just 14 days to adjust to new payment terms, which were the end of the month plus 93 days. In an email sent to suppliers in July, Bengt Erlandsson, Senior Vice President Group Procurement...
English councils praised by lobby group for paying small firms on time
08 Nov 2015 07:00
Analysis of payment practices amongst English councils has concluded that local authorities have continued to pay their suppliers promptly through the recession, although there was a high degree of variation between the fastest and slowest payers. Analysis of almost 300 FOI responses has concluded...
Forum welcomes new rules on bank transparency but pushes for more focus on late payment
22 Oct 2015 09:15
The Forum welcomes the recommendations from the CMA on small business banking, particularly giving small firms access to Midata, which should save them time in applying for finance and understanding their creditworthiness. They also welcome the focus on helping businesses see clear and transparent comparisons...
Annual business population statistics show SMEs created 400,000 new jobs as well as highlighting the barriers to employment
14 Oct 2015 12:00
The Forum welcomed the announcement today that there are now 5.4 million businesses in the UK but is still concerned about the high proportion of businesses that do not employ. An analysis of the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics indicates that it does not necessarily pay for the...
Small business lobby group responds to the speech from the Chancellor at the Conservative Conference
06 Oct 2015 14:45
The Forum gave a cautious welcome to the Chancellor’s announcement in greater devolution of business rates but was more encouraged by the infrastructure commission. The idea of greater local devolution of business rates is a key element that Forum members have highlighted as the level of taxation...
Three changes this week may indirectly affect businesses more than they realise claims the Forum
01 Oct 2015 14:00
Today sees the introduction of two much-needed reforms to the Consumer Rights Act and the insolvency process that should encourage trade after short-term disruption. The ruling by the EU on whether the US is a ‘safe harbour’ for UK data is however a different matter. The Forum believes the changes...

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