FSB has today launched its Q1 2017 Small Business Index (SBI). The SBI has recovered to 20, having been in negative territory immediately after the EU referendum. Export activity is at an all-time high and firms are also feeling positive about their capacity to hire more staff and access finance. Conversely, the proportion reporting a rise in operating costs is at its highest since 2013. Following the findings, FSB is calling on Brexit negotiators to secure an ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU and secure the rights of non-UK citizens who are resident in the UK. Read the full press release here. You may also like 22 February 2018 Bank branch closures bad news for small business 16 February 2018 Weekly Brief 7 – Friday 16 February 2018 09 February 2018 Weekly Brief 6 - Friday 9 February 2018 02 June 2017 FSB Election Debate Puts Small Business Top of the Agenda 04 May 2016 FSB launches EU Referendum Podcast Series 31 March 2016 What 4 things should the next Scottish Government do to get Scotland into the digital fast lane?