News from the Edinburgh Branch Committee
Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) – Federation of Small Businesses – Joint Statement
The Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) is a major infrastructure project for Scotland, designed to safeguard a vital connection in the country's transport network. Aside from the obvious economic benefits that this will bring for many decades to come, it important that, in the shorter term, we also realise the maximum community benefits for those local areas near to the works. Therefore, during the lifetime of the project, Fife Council and Edinburgh City Council, in partnership with key stakeholders representing interests from both north and south of the Forth, will work closely with the consortium, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) to offer a variety of business supply chain, education, training and employment opportunities, including site-based training, student work placements, visits, lectures and sponsorship of special projects. Fife Council, Enterprise and Protective Services, acting as lead coordinator will be in a position over the coming weeks to advise on stakeholder and business information events to be held later in the autumn, in conjunction with Fife Chamber of Commerce.
For FRC developments and future vision click here
Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives is the national Centre of expertise in Scotland in relation to protecting and improving the health of those in work. The principal focus is to work with employers to enable them to understand, protect and improve the health of their employees. For more information click here
The severity of the current economic down-turn and the sudden speed of its onset has demanded reaction from Government at all levels. In Scotland, this has prompted a reconsideration of many of the Economic Development policies exercised by the Local Authorities and by the Scottish Executive. Your local Edinburgh branch committee has been engaged in early discussions about the immediate interests of the small businesses sector in the Edinburgh area.
Changes to City Council's Planning policies
The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking to revise its planning policy guidance dealing with the location and operation of food and drink establishments. It is now taking views through a formal public consultation process. Most pertinently, it is proposing to change its policy on where different types of food and drink establishments may be permitted, especially those that operate late at night. The Federation of Small Businesses is included on the Council's formal list of consultees. Your branch committee would be interested to hear from you if you think that there are any aspects of this policy review on which we should be making representation.
Expansion of the Branch's committee
Your committee has been enhanced recently by the addition of Julie Driver (39 Steps Design) Lisa Lempsink (Lempsink Garden Design) and William Clark (Tudorbank Lodge). Their commitment will strengthen and diversify the committee's work. We are nevertheless always seeking new committee members so if you would be interested in finding out about becoming more involved then please contact Michael Dixon, Edinburgh Branch Chairman.
Listening to members
One of the branch committee's most important purposes is to find out from our members which issues are affecting you and your business. As a committee we serve to voice those concerns to the relevant authorities on your behalf. For us to do this effectively, we need to know which issues are important to you. If there are any matters that you think we ought to be raising on behalf of members then please contact us at CBC House on 0131 272 2740.
Your Branch Committee works tirelessly on your behalf; here are just some of our successes:
Parking issues - Traders permits - Parking bays on Leith Walk
Edinburgh Trams Business Survey
Edinburgh Trams SME Compensation Scheme - ongoing campaign for improvements to scheme
Shandwick Place Disruption Notification
West Port Building Collapse - Successful campaign for a traders' compensation scheme
Waste & Re-Cycling - Membership of SEPA Lothian & Borders Area Waste Committee
Edinburgh Wireless Network - Input to Consultation
St. Mary's St.Closure - Re-arranging closure dates that are more suitable for the traders
Holyrood MSPs Hustings & Question Time
Edinburgh City Council Hustings & Question Time + Live Talk 107 feed
Edinburgh City Council - Regular meetings with Council Leader and Committees
Regular weekly live input to Talk 107 programmes
Regular weekly contributions to Edinburgh Evening News and meetings with reporters & editors