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  • April 2018 - City of Edinburgh Council - Proposed advertising board ban

    April 2018 - City of Edinburgh Council - Proposed advertising board ban

    Ahead of a key Edinburgh Council meeting FSB makes the case for a pragmatic approach to advertising boards. 

     

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  • April 2018 - Bank Branch Closures Inquiry

    April 2018 - Bank Branch Closures Inquiry

    In a response to the Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee's inquiry into bank closures, FSB reveals that over 250 bank branches in Scotland have closed or will close between 2013 and 2018.

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  • Croeso I Gymru: Rhoi hwb I effaith economaidd twristiaeth yng nghymru

    Croeso I Gymru: Rhoi hwb I effaith economaidd twristiaeth yng nghymru

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  • Croeso I Gymru: Boosting the economic impact of tourism in Wales

    Croeso I Gymru: Boosting the economic impact of tourism in Wales

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  • April 2018 - Letter to Glasgow City Council - Sauchiehall Street Fire

    April 2018 - Letter to Glasgow City Council - Sauchiehall Street Fire

    Letter to Glasgow City Council following Sauchiehall Street fire. Download
  • All Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro Business: An inquiry into support for small housebuilders

    All Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro Business: An inquiry into support for small housebuilders

    All Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro Business launches an inquiry into support for small housebuilders. Download
  • FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q1 2018

    FSB Voice of Small Business Index Q1 2018

    The SBI stands at +6 in Q1 2018, up from -2.5 in Q4. Download
  • SBI Scotland - Q1 2018 - Scottish small business confidence climbs, but outlook remains weak

    SBI Scotland - Q1 2018 - Scottish small business confidence climbs, but outlook remains weak

    Scottish small business confidence rose from -21.4 points to -17.8 points in the first quarter of 2018. However firms north of the border remain substantially less optimistic than their UK counterparts. 

     

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  • March 2018 - Low Emission Zone Letter - Glasgow

    March 2018 - Low Emission Zone Letter - Glasgow

    In a letter to Glasgow City Council’s Environment Committee, FSB welcomes the commitment to improve air quality and broadly supports the plans for a Low Emission Zone. 

     

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  • Modern Apprenticeships and Small Businesses

    Modern Apprenticeships and Small Businesses

    This report calls on the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to make it easier and less costly for smaller businesses to recruit apprentices.

     

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  • Data Ready: Mitigating the impact of data protection regulation on small businesses

    Data Ready: Mitigating the impact of data protection regulation on small businesses

    FSB's latest research report explores the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it will impact small businesses. Download
  • Taxing Times: routes to reform for small businesses as taxpayers

    Taxing Times: routes to reform for small businesses as taxpayers

    FSB's latest research report assesses the tax payer user experience for small firms and the access these businesses have to reliefs and incentives.   Download
  • February 2018 - Letter to Local Government and Communities Committee - Small Business Bonus Scheme

    February 2018 - Letter to Local Government and Communities Committee - Small Business Bonus Scheme

    This letter to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities committee regarding the Barclay review of non-domestic rates and the recommendation that the Scottish Government should review the Small Business Bonus scheme. FSB argues that a review scheme should be focused on looking at how the scheme could be adjusted to best support Scotland’s small business community.

     

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  • February 2018 - Letter to Scottish Government - Police Premises

    February 2018 - Letter to Scottish Government - Police Premises

    This letter asks the Scottish Government to ensure that Police Scotland follow the Town Centre First Principle. FSB argues that regeneration efforts will be undone if the public sector continues to consolidate their estates. 

     

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  • February 2018 - A Healthier Future - Action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight

    February 2018 - A Healthier Future - Action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight

    This is FSB's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on diet and obesity in Scotland. FSB argue that any proposals developed by the government must be suitable for the many different types of food-related businesses operating in Scotland and which do not unfairly or disproportionately disadvantage smaller businesses. 

     

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  • January 2018 - Digital Connectivity in Scotland

    January 2018 - Digital Connectivity in Scotland

    This is FSB's response to the Scottish Affairs Committee's consultation on digital connectivity in Scotland. FSB argue that Scotland’s level of digital connectivity has lagged behind other UK nations, as well as other leading European countries. FSB wants to see improvements in digital infrastructure in every part of the UK. 

     

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  • FSB NI response to NIAC Inquiry: Devolution and Democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit

    FSB NI response to NIAC Inquiry: Devolution and Democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit

    FSB Northern Ireland response to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into Devolution and Democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit. Submitted in December 2017. Download
  • January 2018 - RBS Bank Branch Closures Inquiry

    January 2018 - RBS Bank Branch Closures Inquiry

    In a response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into RBS bank branch closures, FSB calls on the UK Government to pause RBS closures to ensure no area is left without a bank branch.

     

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  • January 2018 - FSB Response to Highland Council

    January 2018 - FSB Response to Highland Council's Tourist Tax Proposal

    This letter to the Leader of Highland Council contains the FSB’s views on the Council’s proposal to introduce a new Highland bed tax. FSB asserts that the hospitality industry is not as healthy as recent history indicates; that visitors are already taxed more heavily in the UK than competitor countries; that this tax will depress demand; and that there are a host of practical questions that have not been answered. It draws attention to the universal opposition to the tax from tourism bodies and asks Highland Council to reject the proposal.

     

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  • SBI Scotland - Q4 2017 - Scottish small business confidence nears record lows

    SBI Scotland - Q4 2017 - Scottish small business confidence nears record lows

    Scottish small business confidence slid to near record lows in the final quarter of 2017. The index fell to -21.4 points down from -15.3 points in the third quarter. The research shows that more than half of small businesses highlighted the domestic economy as a barrier to growth and a balance of 17.5% reported a fall in gross profits. 

     

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