ImagesMagUK_June_2024 04 images JUNE2024 Published by: 360 Communications Ltd Images, 360 Communications Ltd, Citibase Brighton, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST, UK 01273 748482 | Advertising: Editorial: Production: Subscriptions: Publisher/advertising: Jonathan Vince | Features editor: Rachael Glazier | Features writer: Mark Ludmon | Publishing assistant: Gaby Bowring | Design/Production: ATG Media | Printing: Stephens & George Ltd| Goat Mill Road,Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3TD(issn 0966 7512) Opinions expressed by contributors in this magazine are not necessarily shared by the Publisher. Editorial contributions are invited, on the understanding that the Publisher has the right to alter or abridge all such material as he sees fit. While the greatest care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the Publisher accepts no liability for either errors or omissions. EDITORIAL SIGNUP! Register now to receive your own FREE monthly copy of Images: UPDATE CONTACT DETAILS Moved to new premises? WFH? Update your details online: JUNE2024 VOL.33 NO.6 DIGITAL / SOCIAL 1Apr-30 Apr, 2024 Reach: 3,444 What do you want? Imagine you have been invited to sit down with the leaders of the UK’s main political parties ahead of next month’s general election. This is your chance to tell them, face-to-face, precisely what you, as a small business owner, manager, or employee, need from the next government in order for your garment decoration business to grow and succeed over the next five years. They are all ears: what would you say? Interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme the morning after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the 4 July election date, Martin McTague, the national chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), argued that a strong economy and return to growth are essential and that the people who are best placed to deliver that are the nation’s 5.5m small business owners (and 16m small business employees)... provided they are prepared to invest in their businesses. For that to happen, he called on the next government Users: 530 Views: 20,696 digital edition JUNE 6, 2024 The Green & New Promo Show London, UK JUNE 11, 2024 The Green & New Promo Show Leeds, UK JUNE 18, 2024 Print & Stitch Croydon, UK JUNE 20, 2024 Print & Stitch Newport, UK JULY 9, 2024 Print & Stitch Leicester, UK SEPTEMBER 12, 2024 Promotion & Branding Show Nottingham, UK SEPTEMBER 24, 2024 Print & Stitch Norwich, UK SEPTEMBER 25, 2024 The Big Promotional Trade Show Manchester, UK SEPTEMBER 26, 2024 Print & Stitch Haydock, UK OCTOBER 2, 2024 Promotion & Branding Show Belfast, UK INDUSTRY EVENTS to be brave and introduce a Small Business Act that addresses the following issues: late payment, which is crippling small businesses’ ability to invest; business rates – a reform has been promised for years; and fair access to finance. Martin also called on the next government to tackle the Employment Allowance and to upgrade it in line with inflation to help with recruiting and employing staff. Furthermore, he cited the red tape and friction that is discouraging many small businesses from even attempting to export their goods and services. To address this matter, he suggested building a better relationship with the EU as a starting point. These are the FSB’s election demands; do they chime with yours? Is there other legislation you would like to see introduced? Share your thoughts with us and let’s make sure the voice of the UK garment decoration industry is heard. Jonathan Vince Reach: 244,894 Web page views: 43,096