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  • FSB response to the Low Pay Commission’s Consultation on National Minimum Wage Rates 2019

    FSB response to the Low Pay Commission’s Consultation on National Minimum Wage Rates 2019

    Latest research and recommendations regarding small firms' responses to rising wages.  Download
  • Response to off-payroll working in the private sector consultation

    Response to off-payroll working in the private sector consultation

    FSB recommendations regarding forthcoming changes to IR35 rules.  Download
  • FSB NI response to the Interim Report for Alternative Arrangements for the UK - Irish Border

    FSB NI response to the Interim Report for Alternative Arrangements for the UK - Irish Border

    The FSB Northern Ireland response to a consultation by the Alternative Arrangements Commission, looking at 'Alternative Arrangements for the UK - Irish Border. Download
  • July 2019 - Edinburgh City  Centre Transformation Strategy

    July 2019 - Edinburgh City Centre Transformation Strategy

    This submission argues that businesses in the city centre of Edinburgh require time and support if the Council’s transformation plan is to be a success.

     

     


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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2019

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q2 2019

    The SBI stands at -8.8 in Q 2019, down from -5.0 in Q1 2019. 
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  • A Force For Business: Service Leavers and Small Businesses

    A Force For Business: Service Leavers and Small Businesses

    This report highlights a number of significant barriers that stand in the way of these desirable ends, and presents a clear set of recommendations for Government and others to help service leavers overcome these obstacles and succeed in the ways they find best suited to them. Download
  • Taking off: Opening up defence procurement for small businesses

    Taking off: Opening up defence procurement for small businesses

    FSB's latest report delves into the world of defence procurement and what needs to happen to make it fairer for smaller firms. Download
  • June 2019 - Transport (Scotland) Bill - Workplace Parking Levy Amendments

    June 2019 - Transport (Scotland) Bill - Workplace Parking Levy Amendments

    In this submission to the Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee FSB sets out how new powers for Local Authorities to introduce workplace parking levies could impact small businesses.

     

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  • May 2019 - Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill

    May 2019 - Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill

    In this submission to the Local Government and Communities committee FSB recommends the introduction of a new national business rates interface and legislative safeguards to ensure rates reforms are prioritised by public bodies. 

     

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  • Starting Over: Migrant entrepreneurship in Scotland

    Starting Over: Migrant entrepreneurship in Scotland

    This report from the University of Strathclyde and FSB examines the impact of migrant entrepreneurs on the Scottish economy – finding that immigrant-led firms generate £13bn and 107,000 jobs.

     


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  • Fit for the Future: Making the apprenticeship system work for small businesses

    Fit for the Future: Making the apprenticeship system work for small businesses

    FSB's latest report explores the 2017 apprenticeship reforms, how they have impacted small firms and what needs to change to make the system work better. Download
  • FSB Northern Ireland Local Government Manifesto 2019

    FSB Northern Ireland Local Government Manifesto 2019

    A manifesto outlining the priorities of SMEs ahead of the Northern Ireland Local Government Elections 2019 Download
  • SBI Scotland - Q1 2019 - Scottish business confidence hits new low

    SBI Scotland - Q1 2019 - Scottish business confidence hits new low

    In the first quarter of 2019, FSB’s Scottish Small Business Index fell 1.8 points to -34.5. This is the second quarter in succession that the index has hit a record low. 

     

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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q1 2019

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q1 2019

    The SBI stands at -5.0 in Q1 2019, down from -1.7 in Q4 2018. Download
  • Broken Contracts: smaller businesses and Scottish procurement

    Broken Contracts: smaller businesses and Scottish procurement

    This report calls for Scotland's public sector to carefully measure how they’re contracting at the moment and develop realistic action plans to improve spending with local small businesses.

     

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  • Ariannu Ffyniant: Creu System Drethi Newydd yng Nghymru

    Ariannu Ffyniant: Creu System Drethi Newydd yng Nghymru

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  • Funding Prosperity: Creating a New Tax System in Wales

    Funding Prosperity: Creating a New Tax System in Wales

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  • February 2019 - Proposals to Improve the Out of Home Food Environment in Scotland

    February 2019 - Proposals to Improve the Out of Home Food Environment in Scotland

    In this submission to Food Standards Scotland FSB sets out how new proposals to change the out of home food environment, such as calorie labeling, could impact small businesses. 

     

     

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  • Small Business, Big Heart: Bringing Communities Together

    Small Business, Big Heart: Bringing Communities Together

    This report looks at the contribution that small businesses make into their local communities. Download
  • Implications of the EU withdrawal agreement and the backstop for Northern Ireland

    Implications of the EU withdrawal agreement and the backstop for Northern Ireland

    A written submission by FSB NI to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee inquiry which focuses on the backstop and implications for Northern Ireland. Download