Local retailers celebrated the first weekend of the festive season as the UK was introduced to ‘Small Business Saturday’. Originally pioneered by the US, smaller businesses offered flash sales and one-off discounts in an effort to demonstrate the benefits of shopping locally.
With local outlets accounting for almost two thirds of private sector employment, Small Business Saturday aims to highlight their importance.
In addition, the Government has also announced a host of new measures to support small businesses, such as:
• Easier switching of energy suppliers for small businesses
• A pledge to spend over £100m on broadband connections
• Grants worth £3,000 will be made available to small businesses in 10 UK cities for installing high-speed broadband
• Further measures to tackle late payments
The Confederation of British Industry director-general John Cridland said:
“Small and medium-sized businesses are at the heart of communities across the UK and are the job-creating dynamos of the recovery.”
“Small Business Saturday is a great way for people up and down the country to back their local high street in the run-up to Christmas and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”
For more information on Small Business Saturday, please visit http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/
Overall, I think yesterday’s Autumn Statement has once again shown that this Government is trying to support business.
The announcements made echo recent press reports, that the economy is moving forward and we are beginning to see green shoots.
It is positive that the Government is going to cap business rates and that new business start ups are a priority. I was also pleased with the news that debt is reducing and that unemployment is also expected to fall over the next few years.
On a final note, it was encouraging to hear that the Government remains committed to apprenticeships. At SFB, we employ apprentices on an annual basis, and it is great to hear George Osborne pledging more support in this area.
Paul Carvell, SFB Senior Partner
Natalie Sheahan has joined the SFB Wealth Management team.
Natalie is a paraplanner and provides valuable support to the advisers reviewing analysing and preparing financial plans for clients. Natalie has over eight years experience working in the financial services industry and holds a number of qualifications in this field.
The closure of Nuneaton’s Royal Mail Sorting Office in Church Street means that SFB is currently not receiving any mail at its Nuneaton office.
SFB has not received any items posted to us since Thursday. So, if any clients have sent us anything urgent, please contact the SFB reception on (024) 7638 4171.
SFB’s Client Manager David Halkett took part in Movember 2013, growing an impressive moustache to raise money for charity. We are proud to report that he has raised £255.
Below are the before and after pictures, to show just how well he did!
If anyone would like to make a donation to David’s Movember campaign, please click on the following link http://uk.movember.com/mospace/7732169
If you want to learn more about the cause, take a look at the website http://uk.movember.com/