FSB 'Voice of Small Business' survey
FSB members can use our Survey Panel to provide regular feedback on issues affecting their business. We use this data to create change for businesses by sharing the results with the highest levels of Government, helping them to understand how small businesses operate.
As part of the panel, members can be part of the quarterly Small Business Index, which tracks business confidence over time. We work in partnership with the Centre for Economic and Business Research to create the Index and to show us the impact small businesses are having on the economy.
Here is some of the recent research from 2013:
Banks need to do more to win small business confidence
Small businesses do not feel their bank cares about them or their business despite rating the products on offer highly and small firms do not consider switching banks. Read the press release and the full survey results.
Small firms spend half a billion on tax admin per year
The UK's small business owners are losing around 12 days a year keeping on top of their tax administration costing them half a billion pounds per year. Read the press release and view the full results.
FSB says small firms are increasing wages for staff
The latest employment research on how small firms are creating jobs and paying wages has revealed that businesses are paying employees more and they want to create more jobs. Read the press release on increases to wages and read the full research.
GCSE reform must equip young people with skills for the workplace
Around five in 10 members believe young people lack a good attitude to work as well as other skills such as problem solving. The FSB has said that refom of the GCSE system must give young people access to these skills to make them ready for the workplace. Read the press release, and the report and look at the full results.
Energy rollover contracts
The big six energy companies have said they will cease the practice of automatic rollover energy contracts following an FSB campaign. FSB research suggests one in four small firms had been rolled over without their knowledge and an overwhelming 78 per cent of respondents said they would support the abolition of rollovers. Read the comment and the results.
Procurement and local government
A new report on how local government buy goods and services from small businesses shows that, small firms spend 58 per cent more of the money spent with them by local authorities compared to large businesses in the same area, as they re-invest 63p in each £1 compared to only 40p in each £1 by a larger firms. Read the press release, look at the infographic and view the results.
The business rates system needs a radical overhaul as almost one in 10 respondents say they are paying more in rates than rent. Read the press release and the results.
'Enabling small businesses in the drive for more UK exports'
A new report - Enabling small businesses in the drive for more UK exports shows that six per cent of FSB members that don't currently export say they would like to in the future. If they did it would add around £800 million annually to the economy. Read the press release, the results and look at the infographic.
'Cyber security and fraud: the impact on small businesses'
A new report by the FSB 'Cyber security and fraud: the impact on small businesses' has found that 41 per cent of members have been a victim of cyber crime with the average cost at just under £4,000 per business. As a result, the FSB has developed 10 top tips for businesses to protect themselves. Read the press release, the infographic and the full results.
The digital imperative, small businesses, technology
The FSB and Intellect have produced a joint report which outlines the benefits to small firms from investing in technology. The report surveyed 2,200 people and found that on average small firms have spent around £3,500 on technology in the last 12 months, proving that investment doesn't have to break the bank to see rewards. Read the press release, the report and the infographic.
Impact of the weather
More than half of UK small firms have been impacted financially by the recent prolonged cold weather costing them £174 million. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that on average each business lost £1,580 according to the findings of a new survey. Read the press release and the results.
One in three small firms said they are struggling to hire reservists and 86 per cent of FSB members said that any Government support to businesses employing reservists should focus on the specific needs of small and micro firms, rather than big business. Read the press release and view the results