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.
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.
July 2016 - Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework
FSB responds to consultation on corporate insolvency reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Going the extra mile: Connecting businesses and rural communities
This paper looks at the importance of transport connectivity to businesses, along with some of the challenges poor transport connectivity poses to businesses in rural communities. It also makes recommendations for a range of policy measures designed to address these issues.
On the right track
Dr Mark Lang examines the potential local and socio-economic impacts of the proposed Cardiff Capital Region Metro. FSB Wales round table 2016 Seminar Series - paper 1
Enterprising Allies: FSB's discussion paper on small business - university engagement
This discussion paper focuses on engagement between small businesses and universities – it presents an overview of recent developments and sets out a series of recommendations for improving the mutual benefits for both small businesses and universities.
FSB response to Business Rates Scheme in Northern Ireland
FSB Northern Ireland consultation response to Discussion Paper on Alternatives to the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme
Transport Report - Moving Wales Forward
Transport is a key issue facing FSB members across the length and breadth of Wales.
March 2016 - Civil Courts Review Interim Report FSB Submission
FSB comments on Civil Courts Structure Review: Interim Report
Going it alone, moving on up: Supporting self-employment in the UK
This report shows that more people are taking the brave decision to become their own boss than ever before. It also shows that the value of self-employment is now more widely recognised by policymakers than ever before.
Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential
This report explores the specific challenges faced by women-led businesses and makes recommendations for improving support, developing mentoring networks, and increasing the diversity of business ambassadors.
FSB Policy Conference 2016 Review
FSB Policy Conference 2016 review, contains exclusive content and coverage of the speeches, including the keynote delivered by George Osborne and wide-ranging debate from parliamentarians, business experts and, most importantly, FSB members.
Tackling Business Crime: FSB Manifesto
In May 2016, small business owners will have the opportunity to vote in the Police
and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections taking place in England and Wales. They
will be looking to candidates to ensure that local police forces take tackling business
crime seriously, have the resources from government to do so effectively. This
manifesto explains how PCCs can do just that.
SETTING THE DIRECTION FOR WALES AND BORDERS RAIL
CONSULTATION RESPONSE FORM
Regulatory Reform in Northern Ireland
Policy Position Paper setting out recommendations for Regulatory Reform to assist SMEs in Northern Ireland. (Published March 2016)