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  • 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
  • January 2019 - Review of Local Governance

    January 2019 - Review of Local Governance

    This submission provides the small business perspective on local decision making as part of the Scottish Government’s Local Governance review.

     

     

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  • Impact of Government Policy Index January 2019

    Impact of Government Policy Index January 2019

    The second Impact of Government Policy Index (IGPI), compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) for the Federation of Small Businesses.

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  • SBI Scotland - Q4 2018 - Scottish small business confidence hits all-time low

    SBI Scotland - Q4 2018 - Scottish small business confidence hits all-time low

    FSB's Scottish Small business Confidence Index fell to an all-time low of -32.6 points from -13.2 points earlier in the year. 

     

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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q4 2018

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q4 2018

    The SBI stands at -9.9 in 2018, down from -1.7 in Q3. Download
  • January 2019 - Letter to Migration Advisory Committee

    January 2019 - Letter to Migration Advisory Committee

    In a letter to the Migration Advisory Committee, FSB argues for substantial changes to the Shortage Occupation List to help smaller businesses recruit staff from outside the UK.

     

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  • January 2019 - Reducing Health Harms of Foods High in Fat, Sugar or Salt

    January 2019 - Reducing Health Harms of Foods High in Fat, Sugar or Salt

    In this submission to the Scottish Government FSB sets out how new proposals to restrict the marketing and promotion of discretionary foods could impact small businesses and urges the Scottish Government to take a cautious approach to any changes to the legitimate pricing and promotion strategies of smaller businesses.

     

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