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Quarterly GDP fall shows costs crisis is firmly entrenched, small firms warn
Article Fri, 12 August 2022

Quarterly GDP fall shows costs crisis is firmly entrenched, small firms warn

FSB says 0.1% fall in GDP in Q2 must be a wake-up call to Government that intervention to help businesses cope with spiralling costs is needed, as recession looms

 “Don’t leave businesses behind,
Article Wed, 10 August 2022

“Don’t leave businesses behind," says FSB NI

FSB Northern Ireland has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to bring the energy discount scheme to households in Northern Ireland but has warned that urgent engagement is needed to address the unprecedented challenges faced by businesses here.

Interest rates rise will compound pressure on small businesses
Article Thu, 04 August 2022

Interest rates rise will compound pressure on small businesses

The highest rise in the base rate in over 25 years will leave countless thousands of small businesses with less financial room to manoeuvre, amid a cost of doing business crisis

As rates rise politicians can take action to ease pressures on small business
Article Thu, 04 August 2022

As rates rise politicians can take action to ease pressures on small business

Following the decision of the Bank of England to increase the base rate from 1.25% to 1.75%, FSB Northern Ireland believes that a series of interventions will be required to help small and micro firms ride out the storm of pressures and challenges facing them.

Scottish firms tested by rising costs and staff shortages
Article Thu, 28 July 2022

Scottish firms tested by rising costs and staff shortages

Mounting overheads, skills shortages and concerns about the economy punctured Scottish business confidence over the last three months according to new research.

Expansion of Government’s digital support welcomed by small firms
Article Mon, 25 July 2022

Expansion of Government’s digital support welcomed by small firms

FSB responds to Government’s announcement to expand Help to Grow: Digital scheme.

FSB Newsletter - Friday 22 July 2022
Article Fri, 22 July 2022

FSB Newsletter - Friday 22 July 2022

Small firms call for action as insurance premiums rise and coverage shrinks, new report finds
Article Tue, 19 July 2022

Small firms call for action as insurance premiums rise and coverage shrinks, new report finds

FSB's new insurance report, Paying a Premium?, examines the issues small firms face when navigating the insurance market

 Rising insurance premiums pushing small businesses to the limit
Article Tue, 19 July 2022

Rising insurance premiums pushing small businesses to the limit

At a time when a cost-of living crisis and uncertain trading environment continues to impede the long-term sustainability of small firms in Northern Ireland, it is deeply concerning that access to affordable and adequate insurance cover is proving to be a major barrier to their growth.

Leadership hopefuls must show pro-enterprise credentials, say small firms, as confidence nosedives
Article Mon, 18 July 2022

Leadership hopefuls must show pro-enterprise credentials, say small firms, as confidence nosedives

FSB's quarterly confidence index falls to level not seen outside pandemic-induced restrictions, while three quarters of firms are not anticipating growth over the coming quarter

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