Trade and Talent Top Small Business Brexit Wishlist
Editor | 6 February 2020
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As the UK officially leaves the European Union, small businesses are urging to government to focus on negotiating a trade deal with the EU and securing top talent from abroad.
Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that the EU is the biggest trading bloc for small businesses that export (62%) and import (55%).

Corporation tax cut: Finally some good post-Brexit news

Much of the business news to come out since Britain took its decision to leave the EU has had a gloomy edge to it. The results of a YouGov poll released on Thursday showed that the number of businesses pessimistic about the future had almost doubled from 25% before the referendum to 49% afterwards.
Also earlier this week, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged political leaders to step up, after their small business confidence index slipped to a four-year low.

Reaction: Self-employed National Insurance U-turn

Freelancers and contractors have welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to drop a National Insurance contributions (NICs) increase that would have affected self-employed people.
Chancellor Philip Hammond told MPs that the government would not proceed with NICs increases laid out in his budget last week after the government came under fire for apparently seeking to break a 2015 manifesto promise.