June 2018 Bulletin – Federation of Small Businesses

Issue 14 for June 2018 (issued June 7 2018)

Brexit and export high on the agenda locally

The FSB have taken part recently in a number of events locally about how Brexit may affect SMEs including an event run by David Drew MP which focussed heavily on agriculture and farming and a roundtable session run by academics from universities in Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff about the current mood among small businesses on the issue. We are also actively supporting and promoting a special free day-long ‘Trade Horizons’ roadshow which is coming to the area on Tuesday, 26 June, where a host of speakers will look at global trends and how they may affect business as well as addressing the Brexit issue. The FSB continues to work hard on the issues surrounding Brexit to ensure the voice of small businesses is heard in the negotiations and we have published a series of reports delving into four key areas where there are risks and opportunities. Our reports are available by emailing sam.holliday@fsb.org.uk.


FSB-backed apprenticeship campaign is great success

An FSB-backed campaign to help get 200 apprenticeships started in businesses locally in just 100 days managed to pass its target in just 71 days. Weston College has already managed to achieve well over 200 apprenticeship in a variety of professions such as customer services, adult care, business administration, catering, IT and management. The FSB is a firm believer in encouraging good quality apprenticeships with small businesses and with the growing fears of the local skills crisis deepening we are always keen to support initiatives like this one.  


FSB calls for cash point plans to be halted   

With only four weeks to go until a cash machine funding cut that could threaten 10,000 ATMs, the FSB is calling for the plans to be paused immediately. FSB research shows that half (50 per cent) of small firms surveyed are already a kilometre or more from their nearest free-to-use cash point and one in seven (15 per cent) say their closest free ATM is at least five kilometres away. You can read our comments here


Doing our best to help tackle red tape

The FSB is a keen and active supporter of the ‘Better Business For All’ (BBFA) campaign to make it easier for businesses to work with local councils and other bodies in the field of regulation and red-tape. The FSB sits on the BBFA groups in both the West of England and Gloucestershire and our national guide to local councils on what the FSB’s local policy priorities are (our ‘Best in Class’ guide) includes a call for all local councils to adopt the BBFA mode. If you wish to see a copy of the ‘Best In Class’ guide please email sam.holliday@fsb.org.uk.


FSB calls on bigger businesses to end late payment crisis  

The FSB has called on big businesses to do more to end late payments, poor payment practice and supply chain bullying that we believe is damaging the UK economy. A letter from FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, to all FTSE 100 companies urges Chairs and CEOs to take immediate action by agreeing to lead the way in stamping out poor payments for good. You can read more here