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A freeze on business rates, increased free town centre parking and safeguards around access to cash and banking, must be put in place to help struggling businesses on the high street.


  • New research published by FSB, launched at Facebook Community Boost, reveals an estimated 40% increase in UK economic contribution and a 26% increase in employment generated by women owned businesses.
  • A quarter of private sector employment (23.85%) is now calculated to be generated by women owned and women led businesses.
  • Diversity in manufacturing and higher growth sectors is still a challenge, with a reduction in the proportion of women owned firms in these sectors.


The shortlist of the FSB East of England - Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 contains five Hertfordshire finalists, Jamie Russell of Touch of Ginger Ltd of Shepreth, who has been shortlisted for the Business Exporter of the Year, Stacey Hollis of New Noise Audio from Hitchin who has been shortlisted for Micro Business of the year, Daniel Yellop of The Discount Brands Company Ltd also of Hitchin who has been shortlisted for Scale-up business of the year, Sarah Wragg of Cariad Marketing Limited based in Hertford who has been shortlisted for Digital Business of the Year and Nikki Costello of Fashonbrandz Ltd. based in Royston who has been shortlisted for Start-up Business of the Year.


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