Forum Christmas Hours and Bank Holidays

There is no legal right to pay employees over public bank holidays. Employers can if they wish to do so, by counting it as part of the employee’s statutory annual leave. Over the Christmas and New Year period there are three public bank holidays in England and Wales. This year’s Christmas and New Year bank […]

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Budget 2017 Response for Our Members

  The Forum of Private Business is voicing disappointment at the Chancellor’s lack of support for small businesses in today’s Budget. Having campaigned for a greater understanding by Government of the value of the SME sector, lobbied for relief for high street businesses from draconian business rates, and having pushed for greater incentivisation for investors […]

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The Forum sets out its Election agenda to support business growth

The Forum of Private Business is encouraging the future government to create conditions for an increase in business performance and productivity both in UK trading and exporting overseas. The Forum support business growth for our members and we are encouraging the future government to create conditions for an increase in business performance and productivity both […]

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The Forum’s response to the Queen’s speech

On 21st June, the Queen gave a speech marking the state opening of Parliament, the contents of the speech highlights the priorities of new ministers and sets the scene for Parliament. Following the Queen’s speech today, Ian Cass, MD of the Forum responds: Quite rightly the Queen’s speech talked first about the economy and the […]

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We are Sounding a ‘mayday’ distress signal for businesses

The Forum of Private Business is calling more loudly than ever for the UK’s politicians to recognise that the economic strength of the UK is reliant on the country’s five million small businesses. Read our Press Release issued today, the 9th June 2017. Chief Executive of the Forum, Ian Cass comments, ‘The voice of small […]

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