The UK Government has set a deadline for the UK to leave the EU on 31 October 2019. This means that, as of 1 November, it is expected that freedom of movement between the UK and EU countries will end, with no legislative provision. For businesses who employ EU workers, this is an uncertain time, and one which can make employers feel nervous about what the future holds for their business and employees.
Small retailers in England have been given a boost recently, thanks to a new scheme which offers small and medium-sized businesses a share in tax cuts that will help them to thrive in these unstable times. Whilst council tax, prescriptions, utilities and car tax are all due to go up over the next tax year, small and independent high-street businesses can enjoy a discount on their tax rates bills that should help to keep them afloat.