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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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  • February 2015 - Educational Attainment Gap - Commission for Developing Scotland

    February 2015 - Educational Attainment Gap - Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce

    This consultation provides the FSB's views on the educational attainment gap as part of the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce. The FSB welcomes the Scottish Government's aim to create a 'work relevant educational experience for our young people' and emphasises the importance of work related learning.

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  • FSB NI response to Rating of Commercial Window Displays (January 2015)

    FSB NI response to Rating of Commercial Window Displays (January 2015)

    FSB NI response to Rating of Commercial Window Displays (January 2015)
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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    Scottish small business confidence rose in the first quarter of 2015 but was still down in comparison to the first quarter of 2014. The Index showed that both profit and revenue growth weakened over the first quarter of the year. That said, firms expected both revenue and profits to improve on the approach to summer.

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  • January 2015 - Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champions Extension

    January 2015 - Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champions Extension

    The FSB consultation response to the Better Regulation Delivery Office on the details of the growth duty for regulators.

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  • FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2013-14

    FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2013-14

    We work hard lobbying Government on issues that matter most to our members and to ensure the voices of the 4.9 million small firms are heard and listened to. This document outlines our achievements in the last 12 months.

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  • January 2015 - Corporate Directors prohibitions

    January 2015 - Corporate Directors prohibitions

    The FSB consultation response to the BIS Trust and Transparency Team on recommended prohibitions on corporate directors.

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