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  • FSB submission to the Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy, May 2017

    FSB submission to the Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy, May 2017

    The Changing World of Work for the Self-Employed and Small Businesses: FSB Submission to the Matthew Taylor Review, highlighting five particular areas of focus for the self-employed and small businesses. 

     


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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q3 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q3 2016

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that UK small business confidence has continued to fall, dipping into negative territory for the first time since 2012. Business owners feeling confident are outnumbered by those that feel the opposite. However, FSB found many immediate economic conditions improving, with small firms reporting greater access to finance, a rise in new employment and reduced spare capacity in their businesses.


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  • FSB Low Pay Commission submission - July 2016

    FSB Low Pay Commission submission - July 2016

    FSB's submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC). The LPC is tasked with making a recommendation to Government on what level the various UK minimum wages should be set at. Download
  • Treating Smaller Businesses Like Consumers - Unfair Contract Terms

    Treating Smaller Businesses Like Consumers - Unfair Contract Terms

    New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests half (52%) of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.

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  • Make or Break: Getting apprenticeship reform right for small businesses

    Make or Break: Getting apprenticeship reform right for small businesses

    This report found apprenticeship reform at a make-or-break moment, with small firms critical to achieving the Government’s target of reaching three million new apprentices by 2020. The report clearly demonstrates the potential of small firms to help meet the target, but also presents some major challenges which need to be addressed to achieve it.

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  • Destination export: The small business export landscape

    Destination export: The small business export landscape

    The report highlights key characteristics and drivers of small firms that currently export and, crucially, the potential exporters of the future. The focus on potential exporters offers insights into what more could be done to move the dial on growing the number of small firms selling overseas.

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  • July 2016 - Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework

    July 2016 - Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework

    FSB responds to consultation on corporate insolvency reform. Download
  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2016

    The latest Small Business Index (SBI) found small business confidence at a four year low following the largest annual drop in the FSB Small Business Index (SBI) since it started in 2010. The latest SBI, gathered before the EU referendum, found smaller firms planning to cut jobs for a second consecutive quarter. FSB members reported falling profits with increases to the cost of labour and the overall tax burden listed as major contributors to a rise in the cost of doing business.

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  • Cyber Resilience: How to protect smaller firms in the digital economy

    Cyber Resilience: How to protect smaller firms in the digital economy

    This paper looks at how small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy. It also makes recommendations for a range of policy measures designed to address these issues.

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  • Going the extra mile: Connecting businesses and rural communities

    Going the extra mile: Connecting businesses and rural communities

    This paper looks at the importance of transport connectivity to businesses, along with some of the challenges poor transport connectivity poses to businesses in rural communities. It also makes recommendations for a range of policy measures designed to address these issues. Download
  • Enterprising Allies: FSB

    Enterprising Allies: FSB's discussion paper on small business - university engagement

    This discussion paper focuses on engagement between small businesses and universities – it presents an overview of recent developments and sets out a series of recommendations for improving the mutual benefits for both small businesses and universities. Download
  • March 2016 - Civil Courts Review Interim Report FSB Submission

    March 2016 - Civil Courts Review Interim Report FSB Submission

    FSB comments on Civil Courts Structure Review: Interim Report Download
  • Going it alone, moving on up: Supporting self-employment in the UK

    Going it alone, moving on up: Supporting self-employment in the UK

    This report shows that more people are taking the brave decision to become their own boss than ever before. It also shows that the value of self-employment is now more widely recognised by policymakers than ever before.

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  • Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential

    Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential

    This report explores the specific challenges faced by women-led businesses and makes recommendations for improving support, developing mentoring networks, and increasing the diversity of business ambassadors. Download
  • FSB Policy Conference 2016 Review

    FSB Policy Conference 2016 Review

    FSB Policy Conference 2016 review, contains exclusive content and coverage of the speeches, including the keynote delivered by George Osborne and wide-ranging debate from parliamentarians, business experts and, most importantly, FSB members.

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  • Reservists, service leavers and small businesses - FSB Survey

    Reservists, service leavers and small businesses - FSB Survey

    In late 2015 FSB undertook a survey of our members about their views and experiences of employing Reservists and service leavers. Download
  • Small Business Index Q1 2016

    Small Business Index Q1 2016

    The latest Small Business Index (SBI) for Q1 2016 finds small business confidence at the lowest level since 2013. The significant drop in small business confidence is one of the key findings and the fall is most noticeable in London and the East of England, but all regions of the UK have seen declines. Scotland and Northern Ireland are the least confident areas overall, with both now in negative territory.

     

     

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  • EU Referendum Snap Poll

    EU Referendum Snap Poll

    A summary of the results of FSB's EU Referednum snap poll Download
  • Leading the way: Boosting leadership and management in Small Firms

    Leading the way: Boosting leadership and management in Small Firms

    In this discussion paper the FSB looks at how improving the leadership and management skills of small business owners could improve the productivity of the UK economy.   Download
  • FSB one page briefing - the National Minimum Wage

    FSB one page briefing - the National Minimum Wage

    An FSB one page briefing on the National Minimum Wage and it's implications for small businesses.

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