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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.  Download
  • 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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  • May 2018 - Letter to Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland - Improving mobile coverage

    May 2018 - Letter to Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland - Improving mobile coverage

    FSB Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make the case for coverage obligations which ensure every part of the UK has high quality mobile connectivity. 

     

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  • May 2018 - ATM Network Inquiry

    May 2018 - ATM Network Inquiry

    In a response to the Scottish Affairs Committee's Inquiry into the ATM network, FSB highlight the negative impact the closure of free-to-use ATMs could have on Scotland's small businesses. 

     

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  • April 2018 - Letter to Aberdeen Football Club - Small business procurement opportunities

    April 2018 - Letter to Aberdeen Football Club - Small business procurement opportunities

    FSB have called for Aberdeen Football Club to procure locally with small businesses for the construction of their new sports hub. 

     

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  • April 2018 - Improving mobile coverage: Proposals for coverage obligations in the award of the 700 MHz spectrum band

    April 2018 - Improving mobile coverage: Proposals for coverage obligations in the award of the 700 MHz spectrum band

    FSB replied to the Scottish Affairs Committee's consultation on improving mobile coverage. FSB supports proposals from Ofcom for coverage obligations in the award of the 700 MHz spectrum band.

     

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  • April 2018 - Proposed protection of workers (retail and age-restricted sales etc) (Scotland) Bill

    April 2018 - Proposed protection of workers (retail and age-restricted sales etc) (Scotland) Bill

    FSB calls for greater protection for workers and business owners that sell age restricted products. 

     

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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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