Responding to the new lockdown grants being made available to small businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: “While this additional financial support will be a lifeline to 600,000 …

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Commenting on further lockdown restrictions in England, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: “While there is an overarching need to protect public health and bring coronavirus under control, this is disheartening news for small businesses and a …

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Shoppers in the West Yorkshire region are being urged to  buy from, and celebrate, their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Britain’s biggest business representation group. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the unprecedented …

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Approval given to intermediary provider after first 700 small firms sign up Sole traders among those able to access the scheme The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given its backing to a scheme which will enable small employers …

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen to 4.5 million, down from 5.0 million at this time last year. The number of people who changed from reporting themselves as self-employed …

Self-employed community shrinks by 500,000 as small firms call for action Read more »

Responding to the announcement that the reinstatement of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) – which reduces Universal Credit support among self-employed claimants by assuming that they earn a consistent monthly wage with no regard for the fact that their incomes routinely fluctuate …

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With the Job Retention Scheme set to end on the 31 October, its successor the Job Support Scheme will come into action on the 1 November. Commenting on this change, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said:  “The furlough scheme has …

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