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Royal Wedding Bank Holiday Tube Strike: Least Disruption for SMEs

A future tube strike in London would cause the least disruption for the capital’s small businesses if it was held on a bank holiday, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said. The business group’s comments followed reports that industrial action from London Underground train drivers is likely to take place on the Royal Wedding day on 29th April. The FPB said if industrial action is planned, the Royal Wedding bank holiday was the best day to have it for small firms. “It would have the least effect on workers being able to travel and so would not damage London businesses as much as previous strikes.” said FPB spokesman, Phil McCabe. “Small businesses rely heavily on their key staff so if they are based in London a tube strike can be disruptive, although most office-based... »

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday “costly” for Small Businesses

The introduction of an extra day’s bank holiday next year so that people can celebrate the royal wedding will damage small firms’ productivity, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said. Following hot on the heels of a late Easter weekend, the extra day off on Friday 29th April 2010 will create a three-day working week. It has been reported that the additional bank holiday could cost UK businesses £6 billion in lost productivity. The FSB said that the timing of the royal wedding could be damaging for small businesses, with many workers taking authorised or unauthorised leave between the consecutive bank holiday weekends. “After the VAT hike in January, which could really slow consumer demand, many will be looking to a really strong Easter to get their business going,” s... »