Skip To The Main Content

Publications

Filter your results

  • 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. 

    Download
  • 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.


    Download
  • Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation

    Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation

    2017 will also see a revaluation of business rates. These occur every five years when the Valuation Office Agency conducts a revaluation exercise to determine the rateable value of all public and private non domestic properties. However, the planned Revaluation in 2015 did not take place and was instead postponed until 2017.

    Download
  • FSB Northern Ireland response to Call for Evidence on the Refocus of the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy

    FSB Northern Ireland response to Call for Evidence on the Refocus of the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy

    Response by FSB Northern Ireland to the Call for Evidence on the Refocus of the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy submitted on 16 August 2016.   Download
  • FSB Low Pay Commission submission - July 2016

    FSB Low Pay Commission submission - July 2016

    FSB's submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC). The LPC is tasked with making a recommendation to Government on what level the various UK minimum wages should be set at. Download
  • August 2016 - FSB response to Prospectus: Introducing the National Cyber Security Centre

    August 2016 - FSB response to Prospectus: Introducing the National Cyber Security Centre

    FSB responds to the Propsectus for the National Cyber Security Centre, highlighting the need to significantly increase the cyber resilience of the UK economy.  Download
  • August 2016 - Scottish Government Response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy

    August 2016 - Scottish Government Response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on their response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy. FSB argue that the proceeds from the levy would yield a greater economic impact by investing in the growth of the regional skills academy model and by creating a flexible skills fund.    

    Download
  • August 2016 - CMA Legal Services Market Study Interim Report - remedies

    August 2016 - CMA Legal Services Market Study Interim Report - remedies

    FSB response to CMA market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales: remedies Download
  • Treating Smaller Businesses Like Consumers - Unfair Contract Terms

    Treating Smaller Businesses Like Consumers - Unfair Contract Terms

    New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests half (52%) of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.

    Download
  • August 2016 - Enterprise and Skills Review

    August 2016 - Enterprise and Skills Review

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's review of enterprise and skills services in Scotland. FSB argues for a business support system that is, shaped by user needs, delivers for small businesses and provides a co-ordinated, joined-up, inclusive and expert service to all firms.

     

    Download
  • Make or Break: Getting apprenticeship reform right for small businesses

    Make or Break: Getting apprenticeship reform right for small businesses

    This report found apprenticeship reform at a make-or-break moment, with small firms critical to achieving the Government’s target of reaching three million new apprentices by 2020. The report clearly demonstrates the potential of small firms to help meet the target, but also presents some major challenges which need to be addressed to achieve it.

    Download
  • FSB Northern Ireland Response to Draft Programme for Government 2016-21 Framework

    FSB Northern Ireland Response to Draft Programme for Government 2016-21 Framework

    FSB Northern Ireland response to Draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21 Consultation.  Download
  • Destination export: The small business export landscape

    Destination export: The small business export landscape

    The report highlights key characteristics and drivers of small firms that currently export and, crucially, the potential exporters of the future. The focus on potential exporters offers insights into what more could be done to move the dial on growing the number of small firms selling overseas.

    Download
  • July 2016 - Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework

    July 2016 - Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework

    FSB responds to consultation on corporate insolvency reform. Download
  • July 2016 - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Part 2 Community Planning

    July 2016 - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Part 2 Community Planning

    This response provides FSB’s views on draft regulations for community planning under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. FSB argues that greater emphasis should be placed on Community Planning Partnerships to work with smaller firms in a more business friendly manner.  

    Download
  • July 2016 - Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    July 2016 - Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    This response provides FSB’s views on draft regulations for asset transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Act will make it easier for community groups to take over control of public sector land or buildings, a move that could affect smaller businesses. 

    Download
  • 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.

    Download
  • 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.

    Download
  • FSB Northern Ireland response to Energywise Scheme

    FSB Northern Ireland response to Energywise Scheme

    Download
  • Cyber Resilience: How to protect smaller firms in the digital economy

    Cyber Resilience: How to protect smaller firms in the digital economy

    This paper looks at how small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy. It also makes recommendations for a range of policy measures designed to address these issues.

    Download