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  • FSB Manifesto European Elections 2014

    FSB Manifesto European Elections 2014

    This Manifesto calls on European policy makers to 'Think Small First' ahead of the 2014 European Elections.

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  • June 2014 - Regulatory Reform Committee Inquiry into the Better Regulation agenda

    June 2014 - Regulatory Reform Committee Inquiry into the Better Regulation agenda

    This is the FSB's consultation response to the Regulatory Reform Committee on the Government's bid to reform regulation.

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  • FSB NI Rural Roadmap: Unlocking the potential of local businesses (May 2014)

    FSB NI Rural Roadmap: Unlocking the potential of local businesses (May 2014)

    Rural Roadmap: Unlocking the potential of local businesses (May 2014)
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  • George Best Belfast City Airport Survey Report 2014

    George Best Belfast City Airport Survey Report 2014


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  • Cyber security and fraud: The impact on small businesses

    Cyber security and fraud: The impact on small businesses


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  • The realities of public procurement for SMEs in Northern Ireland (May 2014)

    The realities of public procurement for SMEs in Northern Ireland (May 2014)

    The realities of public procurement for SMEs in Northern Ireland (May 2014)
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  • May 2014 - HMRC Penalties discussion

    May 2014 - HMRC Penalties discussion

    The FSB consultation response to HMRC on the proposals for penalty reform within the tax payment system due to digitisation.

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  • May 2014 - Cyber Essentials Scheme Assurance Framework

    May 2014 - Cyber Essentials Scheme Assurance Framework

    The FSB consultation response to BIS on its cyber essentials scheme.

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  • May 2014 - Ofgem non-domestic third party intermedaries regulation

    May 2014 - Ofgem non-domestic third party intermedaries regulation

    The FSB consultation response on regulating non-domestic Third Party Intermediaries.

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  • May 2014 - Ofgem Market Reform

    May 2014 - Ofgem Market Reform

    The FSB consultation response into the proposal to make a market investigation reference in respect of the supply and acquisition of energy in Great Britain.

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  • May 2014 - Scotrail Franchise Renewal Programme

    May 2014 - Scotrail Franchise Renewal Programme

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scotrail Franchise Renewal Programme. The FSB outlines how best the franchise could best meet the needs of the business community and support a growing economy.

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  • Water Act and Water Market reform

    Water Act and Water Market reform

    The Water Act received Royal Assent in May 2014 and is designed to address a range of challenges faced by the water and sewerage sector in England. This briefing outlines the FSB's position on the Water Act and market reform in England.

     

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  • FSB NI response to Consultation on Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland (April 2014)

    FSB NI response to Consultation on Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland (April 2014)

    FSB NI response to Consultation on Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland (April 2014)
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  • FSB NI Response to Strategic Framework to tackle Economic Inactivity (April 2014)

    FSB NI Response to Strategic Framework to tackle Economic Inactivity (April 2014)

    FSB NI Response to Strategic Framework to tackle Economic Inactivity
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  • SBI Scotland - 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms

    SBI Scotland - 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms' confidence hits an all-time high

    Scottish small business confidence was higher than the UK average in the second quarter of 2014.The Index showed that while small business confidence was growing across the UK, an average firm in Scotland was more bullish than its counterpart in England and Wales. The analysis also showed that, as spare capacity in small business fell, recruitment intentions were at their highest level since the research began in the first quarter of 2010.

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  • April 2014 - Small Business Champions and Non-Economic Regulators

    April 2014 - Small Business Champions and Non-Economic Regulators

    The FSB responds to this consultation by the BRE on a Small Business Appeals Champion and non-economic regulators consultation.

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  • April 2014 - Scottish Regulators

    April 2014 - Scottish Regulators' Strategic Code of Practice

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on a Scottish Regulators’ Code of Practice. The FSB welcomes a code of practice for regulators and provides suggestions of how it could be improved.

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  • April 2014 - Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators

    April 2014 - Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators

    This consultation gives the FSB’s view on the Scottish Government’s Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators. The FSB is supportive of the Government’s efforts to remove unnecessary legislative requirements for telecommunications developments, while protecting and enhancing the natural assets critical to many small businesses.

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  • 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms

    2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms' confidence hits an all-time high

    The latest Small Business Index shows a growing skills shortage in the workplace. Now identified as a significant barrier to growth for small firms, almost one third (29.9%) of those surveyed report skills shortages as hampering growth, with construction and computer services particularly hard hit.

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  • SBI Wales - 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms

    SBI Wales - 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms' confidence hits an all-time high

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