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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • November 2018 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2019-2020

    November 2018 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2019-2020

    This submission provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2018-19. FSB's main priorities include: establishing a Brexit resilience fund, further reforms of the business rates system, and action to boost town centres and high streets. 
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  • September 2018 - Transport (Scotland) Bill

    September 2018 - Transport (Scotland) Bill

    In a response to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, FSB argue that a national approach to Low Emission Zones is essential to minimise the disruption they will cause smaller businesses.

     

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  • September 2018 - A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

    September 2018 - A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

    In this response to the Scottish Government, FSB sets out key considerations for making a deposit and return scheme work for smaller businesses. 

     

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  • SBI Scotland - Q3 2018 - Scottish business confidence slides as no deal concern mounts

    SBI Scotland - Q3 2018 - Scottish business confidence slides as no deal concern mounts

    Scottish small business confidence has fallen sharply in the third quarter of 2018 from +5.1 points to -13.2 points. 

     

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  • FSB

    FSB's response to proposed new business rates laws

    Following the Barclay review of business rates, the Scottish Government has proposed a number of legislative changes to the Scottish NDR system. In this submission, FSB calls for a more modern rates system.  Download
  • September 2018 - Business Support Inquiry

    September 2018 - Business Support Inquiry

    In a submission to the EFJW Committee’s inquiry into business support and the Business Gateway service, FSB highlights how the Scotland’s wide range of business support needs to be more joined-up and customer focused. 

     

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  • July 2018 - A rural economic strategy for Scotland

    July 2018 - A rural economic strategy for Scotland

    In this response to the National Council of Rural Advisers, FSB highlights that small businesses contribute around £15bn to the rural economy and should be placed at the heart of a new rural economic strategy. 

     

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  • SBI Scotland - Q2 2018 - Scottish business optimism highest since 2015

    SBI Scotland - Q2 2018 - Scottish business optimism highest since 2015

    FSB’s Scottish Small Business Confidence Index climbed from –17.8 points to +5.1 points in the second quarter of 2018, the first time since 2015 that the business optimism metric has climbed into positive territory. 

     

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  • June 2018 - A new enterprise agency for the south of Scotland

    June 2018 - A new enterprise agency for the south of Scotland

    In this response to the Scottish Government's consultation on a new enterprise agency for the south of Scotland, FSB reflect our priorities for supporting smaller businesses across the area.  Download
  • May 2018 - Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs - Tourism Tax

    May 2018 - Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs - Tourism Tax

    In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, FSB make the case against the introduction of a tourism tax in Scotland. 

     

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