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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This submission provides the small business perspective on local decision making as part of the Scottish Government’s Local Governance review.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this response to the Scottish Government, FSB sets out key considerations for making a deposit and return scheme work for smaller businesses.
Scottish small business confidence has fallen sharply in the third quarter of 2018 from +5.1 points to -13.2 points.
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.
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.
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.