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  • June 2013 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee: Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

    June 2013 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee: Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

    This response provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism committee’s consultation on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill. The FSB call for more to be done to reduce the cost and time difficulties experienced by small businesses when complying with regulation.

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  • FSB NI response to the GCSE & A Level Qualifications in Northern Ireland (May 2013)

    FSB NI response to the GCSE & A Level Qualifications in Northern Ireland (May 2013)

    FSB NI response to the GCSE & A Level Qualifications in Northern Ireland (May 2013)
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  • May 2013 - Commission for Developing Scotland

    May 2013 - Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. The FSB calls for a post-16 education system that meets the skills needs of small firms and prepares young people for employment.

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  • May 2013 - Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill: Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee

    May 2013 - Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill: Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee

    This response provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee’s consultation on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill. The FSB call for more to be done to reduce the cost and time difficulties experienced by small businesses when complying with regulation.

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  • 2013 - Q2 - Small business confidence reaches three year high

    2013 - Q2 - Small business confidence reaches three year high

    Confidence among small businesses rose to its highest level in three years according to the second quarter, rising from 6.3 in Q1 to 15.9 in Q2. Confidence rose across most sectors and in all regions of the UK. The FSB wants to see the Chancellor use the spending review later this month to build on this optimism.

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  • Our Place in the Country/Ein Lle Ni (Welsh version)

    Our Place in the Country/Ein Lle Ni (Welsh version)

    Our Place in the Country: The FSB Wales Agenda for Rural Business examines the key challenges faced by rural businesses, focusing on mobile phone and broadband coverage, transport and infrastructure issues, and the need to revisit business rate relief for rural businesses.


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  • March 2013 - Further Options for Alcohol Licensing - Consultation Paper

    March 2013 - Further Options for Alcohol Licensing - Consultation Paper

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on further options for alcohol licensing. The FSB welcomes the government’s desire to improve the effectiveness of the licensing regime and recommends measures that would minimise the burden on small businesses and create a standardised and consistent approach to regulation.

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  • Enterprise 2050: Getting UK enterprise policy right

    Enterprise 2050: Getting UK enterprise policy right

    A discussion paper looking at the evolution of UK enterprise policy offering comparison to other countries, such as the KfW in Germany and the Small Business Administration in the US.

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  • February 2013 - Supporting Business - Promoting Growth

    February 2013 - Supporting Business - Promoting Growth

    This response provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on Supporting Business – Promoting Growth. The FSB recommends how the current Non-Domestic Rates system could be improved for small businesses whilst calling for a wider review of the rates system.

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  • 2013 - Q1 - Tentative signs of growing optimism among small firms

    2013 - Q1 - Tentative signs of growing optimism among small firms

    The report showed a welcome increase in confidence, moving from a negative reading of -5.6 in Q4 2012 to +6.3 in the first quarter of 2013. However, this optimism was tempered with caution as fewer businesses expect to grow this year – down from 56 per cent in Q1 2012 to 54 per cent in 2013.

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  • SBI Wales - 2013 - Q1 - Tentative signs of growing optimism among small firms

    SBI Wales - 2013 - Q1 - Tentative signs of growing optimism among small firms

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  • FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2012

    FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2012

    This summarises the FSB's policy and lobbying achievements in 2012.

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  • December 2012 - Proposal for a Living Wage (Scotland) Bill

    December 2012 - Proposal for a Living Wage (Scotland) Bill

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Proposal for a Living Wage (Scotland) Bill. The FSB raises concerns around the pressures on the smallest employers and the use of public procurement funding to leverage payment of living wage to staff of all public suppliers.

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  • Micros Untapped: Realising the employment potential of micro-businesses

    Micros Untapped: Realising the employment potential of micro-businesses

    This report examines recruitment practices of micro businesses and provides practical recommendations for enhanced and tailored employment support for micros.

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  • November 2012 - Procurement Reform Bill

    November 2012 - Procurement Reform Bill

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Procurement Reform Bill. The FSB argues for new measures to help Scottish small businesses win public work.

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  • October 2012 - Education & Culture Committee: Draft Budget 2013-14

    October 2012 - Education & Culture Committee: Draft Budget 2013-14

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the 2013-14 Draft Budget to the Scottish Parliament's Education & Culture Committee. The FSB looks at how well spending is contributing to increasing sustainable growth, in particular focusing on further education.

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  • Back to work: the role of small business in employment - revised version

    Back to work: the role of small business in employment - revised version

    This groundbreaking report looks at the people small businesses are most likely to employ, and policy recommendations to help them employ in such a difficult economic period.

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  • September 2012 - Safeguarding Scotland

    September 2012 - Safeguarding Scotland's Resources

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response on Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources. The FSB calls for the Scottish Government to consider the impact of placing any additional pressures on small businesses around waste and recycling and welcomes the establishment of a single resource efficiency advice service for business.

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  • September 2012 - Investing in and Paying for Your Water Services from 2015

    September 2012 - Investing in and Paying for Your Water Services from 2015

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response on Investing and Paying for Water Services from 2015. The FSB call for fairer water charges for small businesses and would like to see more evidence in connection with the charging methodology.

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  • September 2012 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee: Business Gateway Contracts

    September 2012 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee: Business Gateway Contracts

    This response provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s consultation on Business Gateway Contracts. The FSB calls for the new Business Gateway contracts to adequately reflect the economic reality facing small businesses.

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