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  • 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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  • December 2017 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2018-19

    December 2017 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2018-19

    This submission provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2018-19. FSB's main priorities include: fixing local infrastructure, investing in skills to boost productivity and that income tax rates should remain unchanged. 

     

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  • December 2017 - Income Tax and Small Businesses in Scotland

    December 2017 - Income Tax and Small Businesses in Scotland

    This report outlines the impact of the Scottish Government's proposed tax approaches on small businesses and their views on the potential changes. 

     

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  • November 2017 - Building Scotland

    November 2017 - Building Scotland's Low Emission Zones Consultation

    In a response to Transport Scotland, FSB argues for a diesel scrappage scheme for smaller businesses. It also calls on the Scottish Government to pass legislation to guarantee a national approach to low emission zones.

     

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  • November 2017 - Immigration and Scotland Inquiry

    November 2017 - Immigration and Scotland Inquiry

    This is FSB's response to the Scottish Affairs Committee's Immigration and Scotland Inquiry. FSB argue that any new immigration system introduced after the UK leaves the EU must consider and be responsive to the needs and capabilities of smaller businesses in Scotland. 

     

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  • October 2017 - Islands Bill (Stage 1) Evidence

    October 2017 - Islands Bill (Stage 1) Evidence

    This is the FSB's response to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee's call for evidence on Stage 1 of the Islands Bill. FSB argue that island-based businesses want to see diverse, motivated, economically and socially active communities, while maintaining and sustaining the environmental and cultural attributes that make each island so special.

     

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  • SBI Scotland - Q3 2017 - Scottish small business confidence slides as costs rise

    SBI Scotland - Q3 2017 - Scottish small business confidence slides as costs rise

    Scottish small business confidence fell in the third quarter of 2017 from -3.8 points to -15.2 points. The index shows that a net balance of 7% of firms plan to increase their investment in the next quarter, up from 6% earlier in the year.  Download
  • September 2017 - Immigration Inquiry

    September 2017 - Immigration Inquiry

    This is FSB's response to the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee's Immigration Inquiry. FSB argue that any new immigration system introduced after the UK leaves the EU must consider and be responsive to the needs and capabilities of smaller businesses. 

     

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  • July 2017 - Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill

    July 2017 - Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill

    This is FSB's response to Neil Bibby, MSP, Members' Bill on introducing a Pubs Code in Scotland. FSB argue that creating a level playing field between small businesses who lease tied pubs and large pub company owners would be good news for the sector and its customers. 

     

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  • July 2017 - Digital Scotland - Reaching 100% Programme

    July 2017 - Digital Scotland - Reaching 100% Programme

    This is FSB's response to the Digital Scotland - Reaching 100% Programme consultation. FSB covers a number of issues in the response including targeting smaller Scottish firms as a priority for roll out of superfast broadband and that reliable premises-by-premises information about the progress of R100 should be published. Download
  • June 2017 - Improving Parking in Scotland

    June 2017 - Improving Parking in Scotland

    This is FSB's response to Transport Scotland's Improving parking in Scotland consultation. FSB argues that good local parking is required to sustain a healthy local high street and urges local authorities to use income from parking charges to cover their parking-related operating costs and/or reinvest in local roads maintenance or town centre projects.

     

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  • SBI Scotland - Q2 2017 - Scottish business pessimism subsides – FSB report

    SBI Scotland - Q2 2017 - Scottish business pessimism subsides – FSB report

    Scottish smaller business confidence rose in the second quarter of 2017 from -9.6 points to -3.8 points. The index shows a net balance of 16% of small firms reporting a fall in gross profits for the quarter, with a net balance of 11.1% expecting gross profits to fall over the next three months.  Download
  • May 2017 -  Submission to the Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy

    May 2017 - Submission to the Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy

    This is FSB's submission to the Scottish Government's Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy. FSB covers a number of issues within the response including improving business regulation and policy development to take account of new business models and re-evaluating the labour market strategy in Scotland to consider the self-employed.  Download
  • May 2017 - City Region Deals Inquiry

    May 2017 - City Region Deals Inquiry

    In this response to the Local Government and Communities Committee's inquiry, FSB outlines its concerns regarding City Deals and calls for the introduction of independent small business champions. 

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  • A Skilful Exit: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    A Skilful Exit: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    The second in FSB's Brexit research series, looking at the impact on access to labour and skills from the EU for Scottish businesses.  Download
  • April 2017 - Food Standards Scotland - Draft Regulatory Strategy

    April 2017 - Food Standards Scotland - Draft Regulatory Strategy

    This is FSB’s response to the draft regulatory strategy of Food Standards Scotland. FSB argues that more detail is required on actions to reduce and simplify regulation, the need for smaller businesses to have fair rights of appeal and our opposition to disruptive changes to charging regimes.

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  • FSB Manifesto 2017 Local Government Election - Councils Must Boost Local Business

    FSB Manifesto 2017 Local Government Election - Councils Must Boost Local Business

    This manifesto sets out a coherent set of measures that the incoming Local Governments should implement to boost local small businesses in Scotland. It focuses on creating more prosperous local economies and the small businesses rooted within them. 

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  • SBI Scotland - Q1 2017 - End to two year slide in Scottish business confidence

    SBI Scotland - Q1 2017 - End to two year slide in Scottish business confidence

    Scottish smaller business confidence increased in the first quarter of 2016, from- 28.9 points at the end of 2016 to -9.6 points. The index shows that in the past 3 months Scottish small businesses’ revenues declined at the fastest rate in four years. However, a majority of firms do expect sales and turnover growth over the course of 2017. 

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