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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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  • Keep Trade Easy: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    Keep Trade Easy: What small firms want from Brexit - Scottish Summary

    The first in FSB's Brexit research series looking at the impact on trading with EU and non-EU markets for Scottish businesses. 

     

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  • SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    SBI - Scotland - Q4 2016 - 18 month slide in Scottish business confidence

    Scottish smaller business confidence fell again at the end of 2016, marking 18 months of sliding private sector sentiment. A significant majority of Scottish smaller businesses expect conditions to worsen, with the Scottish index falling from -18.8 points to -28.9 points. 

     

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  • Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation - Scotland

    Business Rates and the 2017 Revaluation - Scotland

    Guidance about the 2017 business rates revaluation in Scotland. This information has been produced for FSB members, but is accessible to non-members too. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an FSB member. For members, details about your local Development Manager can be found here.

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  • December 2016 - Sustainable Employment in Scotland Inquiry

    December 2016 - Sustainable Employment in Scotland Inquiry

    This response provides FSB’s views on the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into sustainable employment. FSB stresses the important role small businesses play in the labour market and calls for government to have a better understanding of local job markets. 


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  • December 2016 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18

    December 2016 - FSB Submission Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18

    This submission provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government Draft Budget 2017-18. FSB’s priorities for the draft budget are: maintaining a stable tax regime; ensuring more efficient, joined-up business support and fast-tracking progress on digital public services; and focusing investment on digital and local transport infrastructure. 

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  • November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    November 2016 - Consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure

    This response provides FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the Relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure. FSB supports the changes to Permitted Development Rights proposed by the Scottish Government to improve Scotland's digital and mobile infrastructure. 

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  • October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    October 2016 - A New Future for Social Security: consultation on social security in Scotland

    This response provides FSB’s views on the Scottish Government’s plans for a new social security system. FSB makes the case for additional employment protection for self-employed people.  

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