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  • May 2017 - City Region Deals Inquiry

    May 2017 - City Region Deals Inquiry

    In this response to the Local Government and Communities Committee's inquiry, FSB outlines its concerns regarding City Deals and calls for the introduction of independent small business champions. 

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  • A Skilful Exit: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    A Skilful Exit: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    The second in FSB's Brexit research series, looking at the impact on access to labour and skills from the EU for Scottish businesses.  Download
  • April 2017 - Food Standards Scotland - Draft Regulatory Strategy

    April 2017 - Food Standards Scotland - Draft Regulatory Strategy

    This is FSB’s response to the draft regulatory strategy of Food Standards Scotland. FSB argues that more detail is required on actions to reduce and simplify regulation, the need for smaller businesses to have fair rights of appeal and our opposition to disruptive changes to charging regimes.

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  • FSB Manifesto 2017 Local Government Election - Councils Must Boost Local Business

    FSB Manifesto 2017 Local Government Election - Councils Must Boost Local Business

    This manifesto sets out a coherent set of measures that the incoming Local Governments should implement to boost local small businesses in Scotland. It focuses on creating more prosperous local economies and the small businesses rooted within them. 

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  • SBI Scotland - Q1 2017 - End to two year slide in Scottish business confidence

    SBI Scotland - Q1 2017 - End to two year slide in Scottish business confidence

    Scottish smaller business confidence increased in the first quarter of 2016, from- 28.9 points at the end of 2016 to -9.6 points. The index shows that in the past 3 months Scottish small businesses’ revenues declined at the fastest rate in four years. However, a majority of firms do expect sales and turnover growth over the course of 2017. 

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  • Keep Trade Easy: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    Keep Trade Easy: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    The first in FSB's Brexit research series looking at the impact on trading with EU and non-EU markets for Scottish businesses. 

     

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  • SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    Scottish smaller business confidence fell again at the end of 2016, marking 18 months of sliding private sector sentiment. A significant majority of Scottish smaller businesses expect conditions to worsen, with the Scottish index falling from -18.8 points to -28.9 points. 

     

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  • Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation - Scotland

    Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation - Scotland

    Guidance about the 2017 business rates revaluation in Scotland. This information has been produced for FSB members, but is accessible to non-members too. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an FSB member. For members, details about your local Development Manager can be found here.

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  • December 2016 - Sustainable Employment in Scotland Inquiry

    December 2016 - Sustainable Employment in Scotland Inquiry

    This response provides FSB’s views on the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into sustainable employment. FSB stresses the important role small businesses play in the labour market and calls for government to have a better understanding of local job markets. 


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  • December 2016 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18

    December 2016 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18

    This submission provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18. FSB’s priorities for the draft budget are: maintaining a stable tax regime; ensuring more efficient, joined-up business support and fast-tracking progress on digital public services; and focusing investment on digital and local transport infrastructure. 

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  • November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure. FSB supports the changes to Permitted Development Rights proposed by the Scottish Government to improve Scotland's digital and mobile infrastructure. 

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  • October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    This response provides FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s plans for a new social security system. FSB makes the case for additional employment protection for self-employed people.  

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  • October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    This is the FSB’s response to Barclay review of business rates in Scotland. FSB argues for continued rates support for smaller businesses – while pressing for the tax to be modernised and for a number of other improvements to the system. 


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  • October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements. FSB argue that on balance, considering the wider economic context, that a transitional scheme would be broadly appropriate for the 2017 revaluation. 

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  • October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services. FSB continue to argue for fairness and, in particular, do not support the continued link between rateable value and water bills.

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  • SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    Scottish smaller business confidence reached its lowest ebb since 2011 following June’s referendum. The Scottish confidence index fell to -18.8 points in the third quarter of 2016, down from +1.7 points this time last year  However, many Scottish firms plan to tap cheaper credit to deliver postponed investment plans. 

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  • August 2016 - Scottish Government Response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy

    August 2016 - Scottish Government Response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on their response to the UK Apprenticeship Levy. FSB argue that the proceeds from the levy would yield a greater economic impact by investing in the growth of the regional skills academy model and by creating a flexible skills fund.    

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  • August 2016 - Enterprise and Skills Review

    August 2016 - Enterprise and Skills Review

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's review of enterprise and skills services in Scotland. FSB argues for a business support system that is, shaped by user needs, delivers for small businesses and provides a co-ordinated, joined-up, inclusive and expert service to all firms.

     

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  • July 2016 - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Part 2 Community Planning

    July 2016 - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Part 2 Community Planning

    This response provides FSB’s views on draft regulations for community planning under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. FSB argues that greater emphasis should be placed on Community Planning Partnerships to work with smaller firms in a more business friendly manner.  

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  • July 2016 - Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    July 2016 - Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

    This response provides FSB’s views on draft regulations for asset transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Act will make it easier for community groups to take over control of public sector land or buildings, a move that could affect smaller businesses. 

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