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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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  • FSB Voice of Small Business Q4 2016

    FSB Voice of Small Business Q4 2016

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals today that UK small business confidence in the last quarter bounced back to the level reported before the EU referendum campaign began. FSB’s Small Business Index (SBI) has now moved into positive territory, which means that more small businesses feel confident than those that feel the opposite. 

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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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  • The Price of Power: Energising small business in the next UK Carbon Plan

    The Price of Power: Energising small business in the next UK Carbon Plan

    FSB argues that an empowered and engaged small business sector will be key to meeting the UK climate targets. It calls on the Government to urgently set out plans for the UK’s energy future, improving incentives and reducing barriers for small firms acting as microgenerators, consumers and suppliers of products and services.


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  • Response to Apprenticeship Levy Employer Engagement Consultation by FSB Northern Ireland

    Response to Apprenticeship Levy Employer Engagement Consultation by FSB Northern Ireland

    FSB Northern Ireland's response to the Apprenticeship Levy Employer Engagement Consultation Download
  • Draft Programme for Government Consultation response from FSB Northern Ireland

    Draft Programme for Government Consultation response from FSB Northern Ireland

    Response to the Draft Programme for Government (2017-21) Consultation from FSB Northern Ireland Download
  • 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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  • Tied Up: Unravelling the dispute resolution process for small firms

    Tied Up: Unravelling the dispute resolution process for small firms

    New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows disputes are costing small firms in England and Wales at least £11.6 billion each year. Download
  • Implementing Making Tax Digital: International evidence of  the challenges for small firms

    Implementing Making Tax Digital: International evidence of the challenges for small firms

    PwC have been engaged by the Federation of Small Businesses to prepare an objective report that identifies the potential impact on small businesses based in the UK of HM Revenue and Customs“Making Tax Digital” programme.

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  • Time to Act: The economic impact of poor payment practice

    Time to Act: The economic impact of poor payment practice

    This FSB report outlines the serious and pervasive problem of poor payment practice. It considers both the impact this has on small businesses themselves as well as the
    broader UK economy. It also seeks to underline how addressing poor payment practice is not just vital for individual businesses, but also in supporting the broader growth prospects and productivity ambitions of the UK economy.
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  • Joint letter to the Chancellor on the Annual Investment Allowance

    Joint letter to the Chancellor on the Annual Investment Allowance

    FSB and Institute of Directors write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about increasing the Annual Investment Allowance

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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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  • FSB Autumn Statement submission 2016

    FSB Autumn Statement submission 2016

    FSB calls for Chancellor's first autumn statement to boost confidence, investment and long term growth 

     

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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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  • Locked out: The impact of bank branch closures on small businesses

    Locked out: The impact of bank branch closures on small businesses

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that high-street banks in the UK are failing small businesses as branch closure programmes continue to accelerate. FSB's new report sets out the serious implications of this trend and finds that small business access to banking and productivity is already being damaged.

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  • October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    October 2016 - Barclay Review of Business Rates

    This is the FSB’s response to Barclay review of business rates in Scotland. FSB argues for continued rates support for smaller businesses – while pressing for the tax to be modernised and for a number of other improvements to the system. 


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  • October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    October 2016 - 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's 2017 Non-domestic rating revaluation - consultation on possible transitional arrangements. FSB argue that on balance, considering the wider economic context, that a transitional scheme would be broadly appropriate for the 2017 revaluation. 

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  • October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    October 2016 - Use of Rateable Value to Charge Non-Households for Water and Sewerage Services

    This response provides the FSB's views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services. FSB continue to argue for fairness and, in particular, do not support the continued link between rateable value and water bills.

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  • SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    SBI - Scotland - 2016 - Q3 - Investment planned by small firms despite confidence dip

    Scottish smaller business confidence reached its lowest ebb since 2011 following June’s referendum. The Scottish confidence index fell to -18.8 points in the third quarter of 2016, down from +1.7 points this time last year  However, many Scottish firms plan to tap cheaper credit to deliver postponed investment plans. 

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