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  • Water Act and Water Market reform

    Water Act and Water Market reform

    The Water Act received Royal Assent in May 2014 and is designed to address a range of challenges faced by the water and sewerage sector in England. This briefing outlines the FSB's position on the Water Act and market reform in England.

     

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  • April 2014 - Small Business Champions and Non-Economic Regulators

    April 2014 - Small Business Champions and Non-Economic Regulators

    The FSB responds to this consultation by the BRE on a Small Business Appeals Champion and non-economic regulators consultation.

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  • 2014 - Q2 - FSB uncovers a growing skills gap as small firms

    2014 - Q2 - FSB 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.

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  • March 2014 - Non-economic regulators Duty to have regard to growth

    March 2014 - Non-economic regulators Duty to have regard to growth

    The FSB consultation response to the Better Regulation Delivery Office on why regulators should have a growth duty.

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  • March 2014 - Amending the Regulators

    March 2014 - Amending the Regulators' compliance code

    The FSB consultation response to the Better Regulation Delivery Office on the creation and monitoring of a Regulators' Code.

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  • March 2014 - Zero Hours Contracts

    March 2014 - Zero Hours Contracts

    FSB response to a March 2014 Department of Business, Innovation and Skills consultation into zero hours employment contracts.

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  • FSB Policy Handbook

    FSB Policy Handbook

    This policy handbook outlines the FSB's position on key business issues.

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  • February 2014 - Ofgem Auto Rollovers

    February 2014 - Ofgem Auto Rollovers

    This is the FSB's consultation response in February to Ofgem's proposals for non domestic automatic contract rollovers and contract renewals.

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  • Small businesses as consumers: Are they sufficiently well protected?

    Small businesses as consumers: Are they sufficiently well protected?

    In this report the FSB calls on the Government to give small, and especially micro businesses the same level of consumer protection when drafting legislation as domestic customers.

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  • 2014 - Q1 - UK small businesses show a sustained recovery

    2014 - Q1 - UK 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.

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  • The Digital Imperative - small businesses, technology and growth

    The Digital Imperative - small businesses, technology and growth

    This report examines technology and the small business sector.

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  • 2013 - Q4 - Encouraging outlook shows potential for growth in 2014

    2013 - Q4 - Encouraging 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.

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  • Local procurement, making the most of small firms 2013

    Local procurement, making the most of small firms 2013

    Extensive new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that 58 per cent more of the money spent by local authorities with small firms is re-spent in the local economy compared to that spent with large businesses in the same area.

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  • Summary document - local procurement, one year on

    Summary document - local procurement, one year on

    Summary document of the Local procurement, making the most of small businesses, one year on.

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  • 2013 - Q3 - FSB forecast shows economy gaining momentum

    2013 - Q3 - 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.

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  • UK Member Survey 2013-14

    UK Member Survey 2013-14

    The FSB brings you the 'Voice of Small Business' Member Survey ' the largest of its kind. It takes a unique insight into issues affecting micro and small businesses in the UK.

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  • Enabling small businesses in the drive for more UK exports

    Enabling small businesses in the drive for more UK exports

    If more of its members took the plunge to export for the first time, £792 million could be added to the economy annually according to a new report from the FSB on exporting.

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  • GCSE reform - what small businesses want

    GCSE reform - what small businesses want

    This short paper provides recommendations on the reforms of the GCSE system.

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  • 2013 - Q2 - Small business confidence reaches three year high

    2013 - Q2 - 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.

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  • Enterprise 2050: Getting UK enterprise policy right

    Enterprise 2050: Getting UK enterprise policy right

    A discussion paper looking at the evolution of UK enterprise policy offering comparison to other countries, such as the KfW in Germany and the Small Business Administration in the US.

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