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  • SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    Scottish smaller business confidence fell again at the end of 2016, marking 18 months of sliding private sector sentiment. A significant majority of Scottish smaller businesses expect conditions to worsen, with the Scottish index falling from -18.8 points to -28.9 points. 

     

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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index (SB) Q4 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index (SB) Q4 2016

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals today that UK small business confidence in the last quarter bounced back to the level reported before the EU referendum campaign began. FSB’s Small Business Index (SBI) has now moved into positive territory, which means that more small businesses feel confident than those that feel the opposite. 

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  • SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    Scottish smaller business confidence reached its lowest ebb since 2011 following June’s referendum. The Scottish confidence index fell to -18.8 points in the third quarter of 2016, down from +1.7 points this time last year  However, many Scottish firms plan to tap cheaper credit to deliver postponed investment plans. 

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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q3 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q3 2016

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that UK small business confidence has continued to fall, dipping into negative territory for the first time since 2012. Business owners feeling confident are outnumbered by those that feel the opposite. However, FSB found many immediate economic conditions improving, with small firms reporting greater access to finance, a rise in new employment and reduced spare capacity in their businesses.


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  • SBI-Scotland - 2016 - Q2 - Downbeat FSB confidence figures underlines case for EU answers

    SBI-Scotland - 2016 - Q2 - Downbeat FSB confidence figures underlines case for EU answers

    For the second quarter in a row, the FSB’s confidence index shows that Scottish business owners who expect trading conditions to deteriorate outnumber those who believe they will improve. FSB argues that governments in Edinburgh and London need to take action to reverse this trend.

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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2016

    The latest Small Business Index (SBI) found small business confidence at a four year low following the largest annual drop in the FSB Small Business Index (SBI) since it started in 2010. The latest SBI, gathered before the EU referendum, found smaller firms planning to cut jobs for a second consecutive quarter. FSB members reported falling profits with increases to the cost of labour and the overall tax burden listed as major contributors to a rise in the cost of doing business.

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  • Reservists, service leavers and small businesses - FSB Survey

    Reservists, service leavers and small businesses - FSB Survey

    In late 2015 FSB undertook a survey of our members about their views and experiences of employing Reservists and service leavers. Download
  • SBI Scotland - 2016 -Q1 - Business confidence at three year low

    SBI Scotland - 2016 -Q1 - Business confidence at three year low

    Scottish small business confidence has continued to cool for another quarter in Q1 2016.The report reveals that Scotland's small businesses are amongst the gloomiest in the UK with a majority pessimistic for the first time since 2013. More positively, investment intentions have held steady and credit conditions continue to improve.


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  • Small Business Index Q1 2016

    Small Business Index Q1 2016

    The latest Small Business Index (SBI) for Q1 2016 finds small business confidence at the lowest level since 2013. The significant drop in small business confidence is one of the key findings and the fall is most noticeable in London and the East of England, but all regions of the UK have seen declines. Scotland and Northern Ireland are the least confident areas overall, with both now in negative territory.

     

     

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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q4 - Scottish small business confidence at three year low

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q4 - Scottish small business confidence at three year low

    Scottish small business confidence continued to cool in the last quarter of 2015 falling to the lowest level since Q1 2013. The report reveals that despite the fall in confidence, a net balance of 15 per cent of Scottish firms reported that revenues rose in the last three months of 2015.
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  • Small Business Index Q4 2015

    Small Business Index Q4 2015

    The latest Small Business Index (SBI) for Q4 2015 shows a growing gap in confidence between businesses in Scotland, North East England and Wales and those in the Midlands and the South of England. While there is good news for the UK as a whole in terms of job creation, increasing revenues and improving productivity, firms in the North East of England, Scotland and Wales risk being left behind.

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  • FSB Membership Profile

    FSB Membership Profile

    This report has been put together to understand the national profile of FSB members. 
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  • FSB Pensions Auto-Enrolment survey

    FSB Pensions Auto-Enrolment survey

    A summary of the results of FSB's Auto-Enrollment survey

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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic

    Scottish small business confidence has cooled in the third quarter of 2015. The proportion of small firms reporting revenue growth has fallen back, although it remains the case that more have seen their turnover rise than fall. More positively, the report shows that recruitment and investment intentions have remained firm and credit conditions appear to be easing.

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  • SBI Wales - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    SBI Wales - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

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  • 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    In the third quarter of 2015, confidence is cooling for small firms but figures remain in positive territory.

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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood

    Scottish small business confidence rose in the second quarter of 2015 but an increasing proportion of firms are warning about skills shortages. The report reveals that while Scottish confidence tracks behind the UK average, a growing balance of Scottish FSB members believe that business conditions are set to improve.

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  • SBI Wales - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

    SBI Wales - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

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  • 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

    2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    Scottish small business confidence rose in the first quarter of 2015 but was still down in comparison to the first quarter of 2014. The Index showed that both profit and revenue growth weakened over the first quarter of the year. That said, firms expected both revenue and profits to improve on the approach to summer.

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