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PAGE 2 parks. VOICE EDITORIAL: This publication is produced by and published for the Federation of Small Businesses, Sir Frank Whittle Way, Blackp ol Business Park Blackp ol, Lancs, FY4 2FE. © Copyright 1996 Federation of Sma l Busine ses a l rights reserved. Editor: James Co nor. Tel: 01253 36 179 Email: james.co nor@fsb.org.uk. Whilst every care has b en taken in the compilation of this publication e rors or omi sions are no the responsibility of the Federation of Small Busine ses and opinions expre sed are those of the authors and are not necessarily the policy of the Federation. businesses. necessary. THE areas. Surrey & West Sussex John Walker, Surrey member and past National Chairman has been appointed to the EU’s Economic & Social Committee (EESC) as one of eight employer representatives from UK. The position, which is for five years, was a recommendation DELEGATES AT THE CONFERENCE by the UK Government to the Council of Ministers and was formally approved in September. The EESC is a statutory consultee in Brussels and provides opinions on legislative proposals from the European Parliament in such areas as the Single Market, Transport and the Environment. The UK has 24 representatives 80 members met at the WWF Living Planet process making council contracts more easily on the EESC, from employers, Centre in Woking for this year’s annual policy available to micro businesses. They praised employees and civil society conference. the FSB for the tireless work over the past 2 with Mr Walker joining Stuart Shorttle, Surrey Policy Chair years in helping by giving member feedback representatives from the other hosted the event and Antonio Falco, FSB and approving procurement documents. 27 EU Member States. Regional Chairman proudly introduced Surrey County and the FSB working in John said “Although this is a local MP Jonathan Lord to open the 3 hour partnership for the benefit of Surrey small personal appointment, without conference. and micro businesses. Not such a friendly my FSB service as National Jonathan remarked that he couldn’t reception for the next presentation from BT. Chairman and Policy Chairman, remember a time when small businesses It would seem that in spite of 90% of the I doubt I would have been are as highly regarded by the Government County enjoying superfast broadband with considered. I am very much as today and he is pleased to announce phase 2 commencing now to raise this to looking forward to this new role that the FSB is a key influencer on small 95% the reality is not so good. BT agreed and doing all I can to ensure that business issues. Never underestimate the to meet with members to discuss individual the interests of our sector are capabilities of our young people! A good cases. FSB’s National Chairman, John Allan heard, and shall certainly seek reason to continue employing apprentices. said “we are proud to be working nationally input from both the FSB and It all sounded good until the invitation with Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small the European Small Business for questions went out. The audience Businesses and regionally to such a high Alliance. were unanimous in their demand for tax standard as I witnessed today. Keep up With over half the legislation simplification and not further complication the good work, we really can and do make affecting micro, small and which would appear to be the case from the a difference!”. In closing, Antonio Falco medium sized businesses last budget. Next on stage was Surrey County remarked that FSB activist members are all coming from Brussels, I shall Council Procurement who was applauded volunteers and really can and do make a want to make a positive for the simplification of the procurement difference. contribution” Car parking is a problem the week. adequate space for early Borough of Merton decided anywhere, anytime but coach Our member owns and morning drop offs of foreign to withdraw access to the parking is a different kind of runs Stay at Homes Ltd a host students and luggage and car park which would’ve problem. family business for overseas late afternoon returns. These rendered our member’s and The North Surrey branch students in the Morden area students are not only from similar businesses in the area was contacted by one of it’s and for more than 20 years Europe but as far away as inoperable. The collection members with a sudden coach has used the Morden Park China who stay longer and and pick up point in Merton parking problem. Not for one Car Park as an integral part contribute considerably to the Park car park is an essential coach but several and not on to the smooth running of the local economy. link in the business chain. We just one day but every day of operation with it’s more than Earlier this year London decided to help and arranged East Sussex 5% Discount for members TH E VOICE Surrey & West Sussex PRINT & POST: FOR FSB MEMBERS ● Print & post for less than the cost of a stamp ● £1 trial credit on sign up - try it for free! ● Minimum quantity = 1 SECURE SERVICE GUARANTEED SIGN UP TODAY: WWW.DOCMAIL.CO.UK/FSB 01761 409 701/702 - DOCMAILSALES@CFH.COM Let the Taxman Pay for your Life Insurance VOICE West THE Surrey & Sussex Your Development Manager: ray.abrahams@fsb.org.uk or ca l 01708 621 258 January/February 2016 OUR CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT COMBINED WITH ‘QUESTION TIME’ 140 regional members caused security congestion at Portcu lis House, Westminster and delayed Jamie Oliver giving evidence to a select commi tee on health in their a tempts to reach the A tlee Suite for the Regional Chairman’s annual report. The start was delayed, but everyone se tled and Antonio Falco reported that more than 50 business events were conducted throughou the region with five very high profile events a tracting more than 100 delegates at each. During the year we had meetings with a l but six of our Regional MP’s and Antonio showed a photographic show to remind us of a very successful member year. The report was immediately fo lowed by ‘Question Time’ with the panel made up from the business world. Banking, Gatwick Airport, insurance and Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham as we l as a continuous stream of visiting MP’s to the A tlee Suite to gree their constituents. It a l made for a sma l business packed afternoon. Leader of Su rey County Council, David Hodge had plenty to say from his seat in the audience when discussing the Governments minimum living wage proposal although not one person in the ANTONIO FALCO WITH ROSEMARY FRENCH OBE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GATWICK DIAMOND MINISTER MEETS OUR TREASURER Rt Hon Anna Soubry Minister of Croydon branch chairman as a State (Minister for Sma l Business, guest of local MP Gavin Barwe l. Industry and Enterprise) for Fo lowing the official opening the Department for Business, the Minister chaired a roundtable Innovation and Ski ls was discussion on business ma ters introduced to Ann Swain, Regional a tended by both Ann and Bryan. Treasurer and West Sussex Policy Permi ted development rights Chairman was introduced to came up as issue in Crawley the Minister a the opening of and Croydon. Anna Soubry said the Sussex Innovation Centre in she was hearing this a lot from Croydon. businesses in London and would A sma l VIP list of a tendees take it up with other government were invited which also included ministers. Echoed by Gavin Bryan Treherne newly elected Barwe l MP. FSB MEMBERS BEFORE THE DINNER AT ARUNDEL CASTLE WALKABOUT FOR POLITICIANS ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY As in previous years branches took MP’s walkabout on 5th December but earlier in 2015 the Region came up with a super small business Saturday idea. Let’s encourage local Councils to provide free car parking on the day to encourage shoppers to the local high streets. If approved Sma l Business Saturday and Keep Trade Local would be working hand in glove. More than half the borough and district councils agreed and we would like to thank Mole Va ley, Epsom & Ewe l, Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead, Waverley and Elmbridge Councils for generously agreeing not only to sma l business Saturday free parking but in some cases specific dates in December when footfa l is notoriously low. Special thanks as we l to the Chief Executives for a lowing the erection of FSB ‘Thank You’ placards in participating car room would deny employees a fair wage co lateral! it does impose a huge burden on sma l And fina ly, a show of hands favoured business owners sti l recovering from a a second runway at Gatwick almost poor economy. unanimously but everyone a this event The Royal Bank of Scotland came under including pane lists were undecided on a tack from fe low pane list Mark Wi liams, the EU ‘in or out’ question. insurance underwriter when trying to Antonio Falco, FSB Regional Chairman convince the audience tha they wan to concluded “we wi l continue to remind lend money for business growth as Mark the Government of our asks in our sma l pointed out it was only on their guarantee business manifesto wri ten and published terms which included using houses as prior to the General Election” ANNA SOUBRY MP (LEFT) WITH ANN SWAIN REGIONAL NEWS 2, 11, 14 BUSINESS UPDATE 3-10 REGIONAL CONTACTS 14 TO ADVERTISE CALL 020 7324 2776 MP: SUPERFAST INTERNET ESSENTIAL FOR BUSINESS Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert without superfast broadband this growth has said that superfast broadband is now would be severely hampered. “essential infrastructure” for business and Mr Herbert said that his broadband must be extended to rural areas. summit in 20 1 had led to West Sussex Nick was speaking to an audience of County Council’s ‘Better Connected’ 65 of our members at a dinner held at programme which, with local and Arundel Castle on Friday 18th September. Government funding, aims to give access He warned that a growing “digital divide” to more than 90 per cent of premises in mean that cities, towns and large vi lages the County by Spring next year. were ge ting superfast broadband, but In May the County Council announced rural areas were losing out. Superfast tha they had passed the halfway point, broadband was no longer a luxury but with more than 36,000 homes and was now “an absolute necessity” for businesses upgraded, equivalen to just over half of all premises. The Government Growing demand and new services is committed to suppor the delivery of mean that ever faster speeds were superfast broadband to 95 per cent of all UK households by the end of 2017. Already there was talk of extending Ministers reiterated their commitment in ultrafast broadband across the country, August with the publication of a 10-point with speeds of 100Mbps, yet some rural plan for boosting productivity in rural areas in West Sussex could barely get broadband at a l. But Mr Herbert pointed ou tha the 5 The MP said that small businesses were or 10 per cent of households that would the engine of economic and employment not have access to superfast broadband growth, and there was a widely shared under these plans would inevitably be aim to encourage rural enterprises. But in rural areas. The MP said that new BUSINESS RATE REFORM Fo lowing careful Regional Vice-Chairman, by means of turnover was research of our Region’s Brian Woods an expert in a definite no no. membership we fina ly these ma ters. Findings from this pu together interested You can imagine meeting were fed parties who had to that many and varied in to our Press and say something about suggestions to reform Parliamentary Office but business rate reform and the current method should you wish to find 45 members a tended of calculation were out more please email an event chaired by mentioned but calculation ray.abrahams@fsb.org.uk VOICE THE SURREY COUNTY POLICY CONFERENCE IS A SUCCESS To advertise call Lee McLoughlin on 020 7324 2776 or email lee.mcloughlin@redactive.co.uk Arrange a Relevant Life Insurance policy through us and receive the following benefits: www.fsb.org.uk THE VOICE FSB SURREY MEMBER IS APPOINTED TO EU COMMITTEE WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY, EVEN WITH PARKING www.fsb.org.uk PAGE 11 Regional Voice offers you the opportunity to advertise your products and services geographically to the FSB membership FSB members receive 20% off all rate card prices • Pay for your life insurance through your business • Reduce your company's corporation tax • Reduce your personal tax demands • Reduce your NI contributions • Typically no inheritance tax when placed in trust • No P11D disclosures For a no obligation quote please go insurancemania.co.uk/request-a-quote • + 1/2 price gym membership • + Free cinema tickets • + Free Starbucks coffee 0800 0387762 info@insurancemania.co.uk www.insurancemania.co.uk Insurance Mania is a trading style of Mortgage Mania Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 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