If you are an FSB member some of the following may be of interest to you. They don’t necessarily affect us here in Swansea but of course it can be quite useful to know what’s going on elsewhere:
Book now for FSB Conference
With only three weeks to go, time is running out to book your tickets for FSB Annual Conference in Liverpool on 17-19 March. There, delegates will hear from high-profile political speakers including Ed Miliband MP and Vince Cable MP, and news reader, Peter Sissons will chair the Question Time panel. Find out more and book your place at www.fsb.org.uk/conference 2011.
Graduate internships should not be axed
In a new report, the FSB is urging Government to extend the highly successful Graduate Internship Scheme, due to come to an end in March. With graduate unemployment at a record high, the FSB believes scrapping this scheme will be a mistake.
Youth unemployment podcast
Listen to the FSB’s Chief Spokesperson, Andrew Cave talk to the Guardian about how the Government can help to stem youth unemployment, in its latest podcast.
Women on Boards
Read National Chairman, John Walker’s comments in the Independent, on a Government report which aims to get at least one in four women on the boards of top companies.
Importance of continuity planning
Read an article in the Guardian which looks at how continuity planning can help a small business survive.
Inflation continuing to rise
Read the FSB’s comments in the Daily Telegraph on how small businesses are being affected by rising commodity prices – in particular fuel.
Insurance providers removing pubs as clients
The FSB would be interested to hear from members that have had problems getting insurance as insurance providers look to remove public houses from their client base.
Get your views heard before the Budget
As always, the FSB will be submitting evidence to the Treasury ahead of the Budget (23 March) on behalf of all members. However, for members that wish to contribute to the consultation in their own right, submissions will close on Wednesday 2 March. Email the FSB press office if you would like to be a case study.
Banking on Essex to be axed
A joint venture between Essex County Council and Santander – Banking on Essex – is to be closed, due to budgetary constraints and a lack of demand from small businesses, according to the Council. Read FSB’s comments in the Daily Telegraph.
The Overseas Security Information for Business is holding a workshop on ‘managing the risk of doing business in China’ on 30 March. Find out more on the UKTI website.
New CT vulnerability assessment tool for businesses
The current terrorism threat assessment for the UK is classed as ‘severe’. Businesses in ‘crowded places’ such as high streets, shopping centres, near stadiums or theatres, are being encouraged to go through a straightforward risk assessment to assess and address, potential vulnerabilities to their business.
New defence contracts
The Ministry of Defence has announced that it will develop six regional capital works frameworks for construction projects valued below £12 million and one national framework for higher value projects, more complex projects and cross-region programmes up to a value of £50 million, under its Next Generation Estate Contracts programme. Find out more.