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  • Trading Forward: A Small Business Plan for the WTO

    Trading Forward: A Small Business Plan for the WTO

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  • Welsh Government draft budget consultation submission

    Welsh Government draft budget consultation submission

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  • September 2019 - Pre-Budget/ Financial scrutiny on roads maintenance in Scotland

    September 2019 - Pre-Budget/ Financial scrutiny on roads maintenance in Scotland

    This submission focuses on maintenance of local roads and argues that the Scottish Government should provide extra funding for local authorities with the highest proportion of roads in poor condition.

     

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  • Are we there yet? A roadmap to better infrastructure for Wales

    Are we there yet? A roadmap to better infrastructure for Wales

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  • A ydym yno eto? Map ffordd at well seilwaith i Gymru

    A ydym yno eto? Map ffordd at well seilwaith i Gymru

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  • The Future of Welsh Towns

    The Future of Welsh Towns

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  • Transforming Towns: delivering A Sustainable Future for Local Places

    Transforming Towns: delivering A Sustainable Future for Local Places

    A majority of people in Scotland live in towns. But in recent years these important local places have sustained hundreds of bank branch, public sector and chain-shop closures. 

    So how do we help places like Kirkcaldy, Kirkwall, Dumfries and Dornoch overcome their current challenges and prepare them for how we’ll work and live in the future?

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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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  • SBI Scotland - Q2 2019 - Scottish Small Business Confidence Springs Back

    SBI Scotland - Q2 2019 - Scottish Small Business Confidence Springs Back

    In the second quarter of 2019, FSB’s Scottish Small Business Index (SBI) increased by a record 37.5 points to +3.3.  This is only the second time since 2015 that business optimism in Scotland has been in positive territory – and comes after two quarters of record-breaking lows.

     

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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