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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood

    Scottish small business confidence rose in the second quarter of 2015 but an increasing proportion of firms are warning about skills shortages. The report reveals that while Scottish confidence tracks behind the UK average, a growing balance of Scottish FSB members believe that business conditions are set to improve.

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  • SBI Wales - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

    SBI Wales - 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

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  • April 2015 - Public Procurement: A consultation on changes to public procurement rules in Scotland

    April 2015 - Public Procurement: A consultation on changes to public procurement rules in Scotland

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the changes to public procurement rules in Scotland. The FSB highlights areas within the changes to public procurement that need further attention.

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  • 2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

    2015 - Q2 Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

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  • Better Regulation for Wales

    Better Regulation for Wales

    As FSB Wales we believe that a better regulation approach for Wales can benefit both those who are regulated and the regulators themselves.  In this paper we call for the Welsh Government to adopt a better regulation approach and set out practical steps to achieve this.


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  • March 2015 - R&D Tax Credits

    March 2015 - R&D Tax Credits

    In this consultation the FSB is calling for the development of a user-friendly guide and online tool which would be separate from the current technical guidance and take businesses through the basics of the scheme.

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  • March 2015 - BIS challenging grossly unfair terms and practices

    March 2015 - BIS challenging grossly unfair terms and practices

    The FSB's response to a consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and skills on late payment terms and practices. The embedded culture of poor payment practices costs small firms tens of billions of pounds each year and negatively impacts on cash flow. This stifles the potential for businesses to grow and take on new staff, repay credit, and in some cases pay their own supply chain.

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  • March 2015 - European Committee Working Time Directive

    March 2015 - European Committee Working Time Directive

    FSB response to European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Review of the Working Time Directive.

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  • FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

    FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

    FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

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  • March 2015 - Ofgem Distribution Network Operators

    March 2015 - Ofgem Distribution Network Operators

    The FSB consultation response to Ofgem's review of the electricity connections market.

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  • March 2015 - Non-Domestic Rating Valuation Appeals System

    March 2015 - Non-Domestic Rating Valuation Appeals System

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s review on the Non-Domestic Rating (NDR) Valuation Appeals System. The FSB calls for a wider review of the NDR system and a level playing field for small businesses within the appeals system.

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  • Home Truths: the value of home-based businesses

    Home Truths: the value of home-based businesses

    This report provides an in-depth profile of Scottish home-based businesses, dispelling many of the popular myths about these firms. The report argues that local government, regulators, banks and enterprise support agencies can’t ignore these businesses and should adapt their approach to better meet their needs. 

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  • FSB NI response to the Review of Youth Training Interim Report (February 2015)

    FSB NI response to the Review of Youth Training Interim Report (February 2015)

    FSB NI response to the Review of Youth Training Interim Report (February 2015)


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  • A new design: Making local support work for business

    A new design: Making local support work for business

    This report examines the business support landscape for small businesses in England and the FSB outlines recommendations to the Local Enterprise Partnerships.

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  • February 2015 - FSB response to the Davies Commission

    February 2015 - FSB response to the Davies Commission

    The FSB's consultation response to the Davies Commission in UK airport expansion.

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  • February 2015 - HMRC Direct recovery of debt legislation

    February 2015 - HMRC Direct recovery of debt legislation

    The FSB responds to the consultation in February 2015 which considers the proposed legislation for a new power which will allow HMRC to recover debts directly from the accounts of debtors.

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  • February 2015 - BIS reporting payment practices

    February 2015 - BIS reporting payment practices

    Consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on payment practices and polices. The FSB supports the proposal for greater transparency on the payment practices of businesses. Late payment is one of the most serious issues affecting small businesses.

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  • February 2015 - Law Society Employment Tribunal Reform

    February 2015 - Law Society Employment Tribunal Reform

    This is the FSB's response  to the  Law Society's consultation on how well changes to Employment Tribunal's are working since reforms in 2014.

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  • February 2015 - Defra Retail Exits

    February 2015 - Defra Retail Exits

    The FSB has responded to the Defra consultation on retail exits reform: how we plan to implement new regulations.

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  • February 2015 - CMA Market Reform

    February 2015 - CMA Market Reform

    The FSB provides details of the oral evidence it gave to the CMA inquiry into the energy market.

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