Conference season is truly hotting up and this week we are managing two global conferences, the first commencing the morning and running across five days, with 25 speaker sessions, breakout rooms, networking sessions and panel discussions. The event has attracted hundreds of professional delegates looking to explore and unpick the hottest topics and biggest questions in their field.
In the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) first budget submission to the new Government it has called on the Chancellor to strengthen the landscape for small businesses and enterprise by continuing to reduce the deficit, stimulate growth and back ambitious small businesses. The latest FSB research released this month found positive momentum building for small firms with record levels of revenue, strong investment intentions and increased employment all being reported. Importantly, small business productivity grew by 1.4% year-on-year in Q4 2014, at a time when productivity across the UK as a whole increased by only 0.3%.
To build on these positive developments within the UK’s 5.2 million small firms, the FSB would like to see the Budget address small business concerns in key areas including skills shortages, reforming and simplifying the tax system, helping more businesses export and investing in the UK’s infrastructure.
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