Federation of Small Businesses launches campaign for government to support self-employed workforce during coronavirus
THE Federation of Small Businesses has launched a campaign calling on the government to provide the support self-employed people need to get through the coronavirus crisis.
Despite a raft of measures to aid small businesses and their employees there has been very little support provided for the 4.9million self-employed, which contribute over £275 billion to the economy.
The Federation has been pushing the Government for greater support for this growing number of workers, including discussions in Westminster and, now, launching their campaign #ThinkSelfEmployed to fight for a better deal.
Michael Sandys, area leader for the Liverpool City Region, said: “The FSB is urging its members, staff, family members and everyone else to post a video or an image from home with a message telling the government that they need to #ThinkSelfEmployed and provide greater support to help the self-employed get through this coronavirus crisis.
“On Sunday, the Prime Minister said the government will be standing behind the UK’s army of self-employed, but they have been excluded from the commitment to pay 80% of earnings. Right now they just feel they have been left behind. Time is running out to get this practical and easily accessible support up and running.”
If you want to post a selfie video, the FSB provided tips:
• Film in a quiet/soundproof room so the audio is of good quality with little background noise.
• Place or balance your phone on a table/use a tripod so the video isn’t shaky.
• Avoid back-lighting, have the light source to the side of you or behind you.
Don’t forget to get people to include FSB’s handles as they will then be able to respond to engagement on Twitter: @FSB_Policy; on Facebook: Federation of Small Businesses; on Instagram at fsb_uk and on LinkedIn at Federation of Small Businesses.
Mr Sandys added: “Feel free to include the handle of your local MP and others so that the message gets to them as well!”
The FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.