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  • 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.

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.  

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  • 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. 

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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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  • 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.

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  • June 2016 - Protections for micro-businesses in non-regulated markets

    June 2016 - Protections for micro-businesses in non-regulated markets

    This response provides FSB's views on a BIS consultation about protections for micro-businesses in non-regulated markets. FSB argues that small businesses behave in similar ways to consumers when buying goods and services, so they need better protections.  Download
  • Going the extra mile: Connecting businesses and rural communities

    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. Download
  • On the right track

    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
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  • Enterprising Allies: FSB

    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. Download
  • FSB response to Business Rates Scheme in Northern Ireland

    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 Download
  • Transport Report - Moving Wales Forward

    Transport Report - Moving Wales Forward

    Transport is a key issue facing FSB members across the length and breadth of Wales. Download
  • March 2016 - Civil Courts Review Interim Report FSB Submission

    March 2016 - Civil Courts Review Interim Report FSB Submission

    FSB comments on Civil Courts Structure Review: Interim Report Download
  • Going it alone, moving on up: Supporting self-employment in the UK

    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.

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