Welcome to the weekly newsletter that acts as a roundup of what’s going on in your local area.

Local Events

FSB Cornwall Women in Business Conference – “In Confidence”
Friday 6 March 2020 from 10.00-5.00pm Falmouth Hotel
The Federation of Small Businesses in Cornwall are holding the most major Women in Business conference that the county has ever seen on 6 March 2020 at The Falmouth Hotel. An all-day event, the aim is to focus on personal development, inspiration and confidence for; women running small businesses, about to start their own business or playing a key role in a business. Is this you?  Last year we had a waiting list for our Women in Business event so book on now to avoid disappointment.

Networking with our partner – Your Partnerships?

You’ll find a warm welcome and great networking opportunities all over Cornwall when you attend a Your Partnerships event. As one of FSB Cornwall’s partners, there’s always other FSB members around to chat to and lots of new contacts to make. Find out what’s happening near you by taking a look at their website.

Local News

Could you supply your goods or services to Bristol Airport? Join us for a special Meet the Airport Team – 29 January
The FSB is delighted to invite all our members from across the South West to join us for a special event where you can find out more about selling your goods and services to one of the biggest players in the region – Bristol Airport. We have worked with the airport to set up a special ‘meet the airport team/meet the buyer’ morning on Wednesday, January 29, and this is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the airport and find out how you could potentially join their supply chain. Find out more and book on here.

Leading to Grow Programme
Microbusinesses (businesses with between 1-9 employees) can apply to the Leading to Grow Programme, to grow, innovate and increase productivity through adopting digital and new technologies. The programme will be delivered by a consortium of Small Business Charter accredited business schools across England. Places are fully funded by the Business Basics Fund from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK. More information can be found here.

New £3.1M grant fund launches
A new £3.1 million grant fund has been launched to help small and medium sized businesses in Cornwall to boost their productivity and grow. BIG (Business Investment for Growth) Productivity offers grants from £2.5k up to £150k to qualifying businesses and can meet up to 45% of project costs for small businesses, and up to 35% for medium-sized businesses. Find out more here.

Business Issues
Three weeks until self-assessment deadline
A reminder that the self-assessment deadline is fast approaching on the 31 January. According to HMRC, there remains more than five million taxpayers who are yet to complete their self-assessment returns before the deadline. Find out more about it from HMRC.

Fake reviews blighting small firms
New research from FSB reveals the impact of fake and malicious reviews on small businesses that trade online. One in five report having issues with fake reviews, with a similar proportion affected by sudden changes to terms and conditions.

Making the Most of your Membership
Pensions and Payroll – a marriage made in heaven
Managing payroll is a tricky task for any company, whatever their size. Larger businesses can struggle to process high volumes of data accurately and on time. Small businesses find it difficult to stay on top of ever changing HMRC regulations, and it all costs time and money. Check out our blog from FSB Workplace Pensions if you’ve ever thought about outsourcing your pensions or payroll admin.

Is your business insurance due for renewal?
FSB Insurance Service understands small businesses. From listening to members like you, we can equip you with the right insurance products for your business. Click here to find out more and obtain a quote.

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