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  • August 2012 - Proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation

    August 2012 - Proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response to Proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation. The FSB broadly support’s the proposals however highlights concerns around where the proposals may unintentionally put small businesses at a disadvantage.

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  • Small Businesses in Manufacturing - February 2012

    Small Businesses in Manufacturing - February 2012

    This report sets out the profile and perspectives of our manufacturing membership, giving an insight into the challenges and opportunities facing small manufacturing businesses in Scotland.

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  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Small Business Communication

    Assessing the Effectiveness of Small Business Communication

    This report was commissioned by the FSB and the Scottish Government to better understand how and where small and micro businesses source information that is relevant to them and any issues they face in doing that. The report revealed failures in the public sector ‘information market’ and provided recommendations on how to address these.

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  • FSB Manifesto 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections

    FSB Manifesto 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections

    This manifesto sets out what the FSB would like to see from Local Government with a focus on economic recovery.

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  • June 2012 - Consultation on Fees for Planning Applications 2012

    June 2012 - Consultation on Fees for Planning Applications 2012

    This response gives the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on Fees for Planning Applications 2012. The FSB calls for closer attention to be paid on a number of aspects around linking fees to performance.

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  • June 2012 - Development Delivery Consultation

    June 2012 - Development Delivery Consultation

    This response gives the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s Development Delivery Consultation. The FSB calls for any changes to the system which place further obligations or barriers to small businesses to be carefully thought through and modelled before enactment.

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  • May 2012 - Finance Committee Evidence Session: Employability

    May 2012 - Finance Committee Evidence Session: Employability

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s enquiry on employability. The FSB provides a small business perspective on employability policy.

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  • April 2012 - Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee - Zero Waste Regulations

    April 2012 - Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee - Zero Waste Regulations

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee’s consultation on Zero Waste Regulations. The FSB provides supplementary written comments including latest survey evidence.

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  • Regulatory Reform: Where next?

    Regulatory Reform: Where next?

    In this report, the FSB looks at ways to improve the regulatory environment for small businesses.

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  • Local Regulation in Scotland - the Case for Change

    Local Regulation in Scotland - the Case for Change

    This report examines the state of local regulation in Scotland and makes the case for a more standardised, consistent approach.

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  • February 2012 - Rail 2014 - Public Consultation Response to Transport Scotland

    February 2012 - Rail 2014 - Public Consultation Response to Transport Scotland

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on Transport Scotland’s Public Consultation on Rail 2014. The FSB calls for the chief consideration in plans for the post-2014 rail industry to be the maximisation of productivity for those travelling in connection with business.

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  • ALT+ Finance: Small firms and access to finance

    ALT+ Finance: Small firms and access to finance

    In the report 'Alt+ Finance: small firms and access to finance', the FSB is calling on Government to promote alternative forms of finance, such as peer-to-peer lending models, and to learn the lessons from other countries to increase finance to struggling small businesses.

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  • January 2012 - Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee - Zero Waste Regulations

    January 2012 - Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee - Zero Waste Regulations

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee’s consultation on Zero Waste Regulations. The FSB welcomes the clear direction outlined in the Zero Waste Policy however highlights a number of issues as to how the regulations will work in practice for small businesses.

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  • January 2012 - Local Government and Regeneration Committee: Living Wage Inquiry 2011-12

    January 2012 - Local Government and Regeneration Committee: Living Wage Inquiry 2011-12

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee’s Living Wage Inquiry 2011-12. The FSB states that assuming a living wage policy is up to individual local authorities and raises concerns around public procurement being used to drive adoption of the living wage.

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  • FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2011

    FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2011

    This summarises the FSB's policy and lobbying achievements in 2011.

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  • December 2011 - Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering our ambitions for post-16 education

    December 2011 - Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering our ambitions for post-16 education

    This response provides the FSB’s view on the Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering our ambitions for post-16 education consultation. The FSB calls for a post-16 education system that meets business skills needs and prepares young people appropriately for the world of work.

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  • November 2011 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee: Call for views on broadband infrastructure in Scotland

    November 2011 - Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee: Call for views on broadband infrastructure in Scotland

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s call for views on infrastructure in Scotland. The FSB gives evidence that the importance of broadband is set to increase in coming years, and calls for an adequate broad infrastructure to allow small businesses to grow and prosper.

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  • November 2011 - Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations - Draft BRIA

    November 2011 - Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations - Draft BRIA

    This consultation provides the FSB’s response to the Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations – Draft BRIA. The FSB calls for the real impact on businesses to be adequately captured and asks for clear guidance on how enforcement will work in practice.

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  • September 2011 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee Inquiry into Business Gateway Contract Renewal Process

    September 2011 - Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee Inquiry into Business Gateway Contract Renewal Process

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s Inquiry into Business Gateway Contract Renewal Process. The FSB highlights its involvement in the evaluation and renewal process and suggests ways to improve the Business Gateway service.

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  • July 2011 - Non-Domestic Elements of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992

    July 2011 - Non-Domestic Elements of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992

    This response gives the FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on Non-domestic elements of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992. The FSB supports the extension to the number and nature of developments that can be undertaken without planning permission in principle.

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