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  • Implementing Making Tax Digital: International evidence of  the challenges for small firms

    Implementing Making Tax Digital: International evidence of the challenges for small firms

    PwC have been engaged by the Federation of Small Businesses to prepare an objective report that identifies the potential impact on small businesses based in the UK of HM Revenue and Customs“Making Tax Digital” programme.

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  • Time to Act: The economic impact of poor payment practice

    Time to Act: The economic impact of poor payment practice

    This FSB report outlines the serious and pervasive problem of poor payment practice. It considers both the impact this has on small businesses themselves as well as the
    broader UK economy. It also seeks to underline how addressing poor payment practice is not just vital for individual businesses, but also in supporting the broader growth prospects and productivity ambitions of the UK economy.
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  • Joint letter to the Chancellor on the Annual Investment Allowance

    Joint letter to the Chancellor on the Annual Investment Allowance

    FSB and Institute of Directors write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about increasing the Annual Investment Allowance

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  • November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure. FSB supports the changes to Permitted Development Rights proposed by the Scottish Government to improve Scotland's digital and mobile infrastructure. 

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  • FSB Autumn Statement submission 2016

    FSB Autumn Statement submission 2016

    FSB calls for Chancellor's first autumn statement to boost confidence, investment and long term growth 

     

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  • October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    This response provides FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s plans for a new social security system. FSB makes the case for additional employment protection for self-employed people.  

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  • Locked out: The impact of bank branch closures on small businesses

    Locked out: The impact of bank branch closures on small businesses

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that high-street banks in the UK are failing small businesses as branch closure programmes continue to accelerate. FSB's new report sets out the serious implications of this trend and finds that small business access to banking and productivity is already being damaged.

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  • October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    This is the FSB’s response to Barclay review of business rates in Scotland. FSB argues for continued rates support for smaller businesses – while pressing for the tax to be modernised and for a number of other improvements to the system. 


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  • October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements. FSB argue that on balance, considering the wider economic context, that a transitional scheme would be broadly appropriate for the 2017 revaluation. 

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  • October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services. FSB continue to argue for fairness and, in particular, do not support the continued link between rateable value and water bills.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.    

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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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