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.
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)
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.
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.
CRESC Report for FSB Wales
WHAT WALES COULD BE
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.
Our Successes 2015 - 2016
FSB's new 'Our Successes' publication is now out – and we want to share with you just some of the wins we've had on your behalf over the last year.
CHANGING THE CONVERSATION
Opportunities and Practicalities involved in
establishing a Wales Small Business Administration
EU Referendum Snap Poll
A summary of the results of FSB's EU Referednum snap poll
Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry into the Future of Nuclear in Wales
FSB Wales presents its views to the committee on the Future of Nuclear Energy in Wales.
Business Support in Northern Ireland
Policy Discussion paper outlining need and recommendations for more effective business support in Northern Ireland. (Published February 2016)