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Voice of Small Business Index

FSB 'Voice of Small Business' Index 


The FSB ‘Voice of Small Business' Index has been created from the views of small firms from the FSB survey panel. The report is produced by the centre for economic and business research. It provides a macro-economic picture of the UK economy from the point of view of, you, the small business owner.


The Index looks at capacity levels, employment, revenues and the confidence of small firms. It also provides information on regional businesses with a breakdown by sector across the UK. 


These quarterly surveys will give us the information we need to make sure your views are heard by Government. 

To have your voice heard, join the survey panel




Small firms in a robust mood, says FSB

The Q2 FSB Small Business Index (SBI) reveals that small businesses are in a robust mood. Small business confidence has picked up markedly in the second quarter, with growth and investment intentions reaching new highs since the Index began in 2010.Read the report and press release. 

IndexSmall firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

Small business confidence remains robust and firmly in positive territory, according to the first quarter results of the FSB's Small Business Index. Lower business costs and current economic conditions are relieving pressure for firms, giving them the confidence to take on new staff, reward staff with pay increases, and successfully access finance from their banks to invest in and build their business. Read the the press release and the report.



Q462 per cent of firms expect to grow in 2015

Three in five (62%) small firms expect to grow their business in 2015 according to research published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The FSB's Small Business Index finds that while firms are less confident than in previous quarters, they still expect to hire more staff, increase exports and grow their businesses in the first quarter of 2015. Read the press release and the report.

Q3FSB announces record breaking confidence

The latest Small Business Index reports record levels of confidence from the UK's small business community. Records were also broken in terms of small businesses hiring new staff with a net balance of five per cent of FSB members adding employees. Read the press release and the report.


Q2FSB 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. Read the press release and the report

IndexUK small businesses show a sustained recovery

The latest Small Business Index shows an increasing number of firms want to create jobs in the next three months. This marks the third consecutive quarter of job creation and provides yet more signs that confidence is returning and that momentum behind economic growth is being maintained. Read the press release, the report and infographic.


Q4Encouraging outlook shows potential for growth in 2014

The UK's small firms are showing increasing optimism for 2014 as businesses remain positive about the economic outlook. Latest research suggests small firms want to grow their business and find access to finance a little easier, according to the Quarter 4 Small Business Index. Read the press release and the infographic.


FSB forecast shows economy gaining momentum

Following the optimism in the previous two quarters of 2013, confidence rose to the highest level seen since the Small Business Index began in 2010. Confidence stood at +33.5, up from 15.9 reported in Q2. Confidence rose in most sectors and regions. Read the Quarter 3 Small Business Index, the press release and look at the infographic




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. Read the Small Business Index, the press release and view the infographic.




Tentative signs of growing optimism among small firms

Thereport 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. View the report, the press release and the infographic.