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  • SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic

    SBI Scotland - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic

    Scottish small business confidence has cooled in the third quarter of 2015. The proportion of small firms reporting revenue growth has fallen back, although it remains the case that more have seen their turnover rise than fall. More positively, the report shows that recruitment and investment intentions have remained firm and credit conditions appear to be easing.

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  • Severe weather - a more resilient small business community

    Severe weather - a more resilient small business community

    This new report explores recent research by the FSB on severe weather and small businesses. It provides recommendations on how small businesses can be more resilient to severe weather events.

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  • July 2015 - PSC Register Consultation

    July 2015 - PSC Register Consultation

    The FSB consultation response to the BIS Trust and Transparency Team on the public disclosure of information from the Persons of Significant Control register.

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  • July 2015 - SEGB Smart Meters

    July 2015 - SEGB Smart Meters

    The FSB has responded to a consultation on Smart Meters.

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  • The fourth utility: Delivering universal broadband connectivity for small businesses across the UK

    The fourth utility: Delivering universal broadband connectivity for small businesses across the UK

    This paper starts from the premise that too many small businesses in the UK are unable to access fixed and mobile broadband services that are 'fit for purpose' and meet their commercial needs. Lack of access reduces productivity, stifles innovation and restricts the ability of British firms to grow and compete in global markets.

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  • SBI Wales - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    SBI Wales - 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

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  • July 2015 - Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill

    July 2015 - Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Scottish Parliament’s proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill. The FSB believes that the introduction of a publicly available register of lobbyists is unnecessary and is not in keeping with the key principles of better regulation.

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  • 2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    2015 - Q3 - Economic confidence cools but small firms remain optimistic, says FSB

    In the third quarter of 2015, confidence is cooling for small firms but figures remain in positive territory.

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  • Co-Investment in Skills

    Co-Investment in Skills

    In this June 2015 response to the National Assembly Enterprise and Business Committee's discussion on the Welsh Government's Co-investment in Skills Framework, we highlight issues such as the need to ensure a financially sustainable skills system in Wales, which finds a balance between government, employer and individual responsibility for skills development.


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  • June 2015 - Small Businesses as Consumers Call for Evidence

    June 2015 - Small Businesses as Consumers Call for Evidence

    The FSB has provided evidence in this consultation about the protection of small businesses when purchasing goods and services.

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  • June 2015 - BIS Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumers

    June 2015 - BIS Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumers

    The FSB consultation response to BIS Consumer and Competition Policy on alternative dispute resolutions for consumers.

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  • June 2015 - Ofgem Supplier Objectives

    June 2015 - Ofgem Supplier Objectives

    The FSB has responded to a Ofgem consultation on supplier objections.

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  • June 2015 - Commission on Local Tax Reform

    June 2015 - Commission on Local Tax Reform

    This consultation provides the FSB’s views on the Commission on Local Tax Reform. The FSB expressed their disappointment at the exclusion of Non-Domestic Rates from the commission's remit and highlighted issues that affect small businesses that may be relevant for the commission to consider.

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  • Key to the knowledge making the most of small business intellectual property

    Key to the knowledge making the most of small business intellectual property

    A new report on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) for small businesses.

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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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