Federation of Small Businesses



Small businesses take loans to boost cash flow rather than fund investments

Small businesses are taking out loans to help manage their cash flow rather than utilising them to invest in their own operations, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 17 February 2020

FSB: Scottish small businesses confidence falls again

Scotland’s small businesses ended a tough 2019 with confidence and profits falling, new figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveal.

Published 17 February 2020

FSB: Three quarters of Scottish smaller firms opposed to council rates move

Three-quarters of Scottish firms believe that giving councils additional powers over non-domestic rates would be bad for business, according to a new survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 17 January 2020

Federation of Small Businesses elects Andy Aird as Scotland Group chair

Strathaven-based businessman Andy Aird, who has over four decades of experience in the automotive industry, has been elected to co-ordinate grassroots activity for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland.

Published 9 January 2020

Andrew McRae: Third decade of devolution will see pace of change accelerate in Scotland

The third decade of devolution will see Scotland - and its business community - wrestle with an unprecedented period of change, Andrew McRae, of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland has underlined in his festive message.

Published 24 December 2019

FSB: Third decade of devolution will see pace of change accelerate

The third decade of devolution will see Scotland - and its business community - wrestle with an unprecedented period of change, according to Andrew McRae, policy chair at the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland.

Published 20 December 2019

Lanarkshire Women in Business holds Closing The Female Funding Gap event

The Lanarkshire Women in Business Closing The Female Funding Gap event was the second event in a year-long pilot initiative aimed at boosting female entrepreneurship in Lanarkshire.

Published 12 December 2019

STP: Support for small businesses crucial to town centre futures

A leading town centre expert, Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, has said that support for small businesses is crucial if Scotland’s towns centres are to thrive in the future amidst the continued growth of online retail.

Published 9 December 2019

FSB: Scotland has more register businesses per head of population

Scotland has more registered businesses per head of population now than at any point over the last ten years, according to figures released by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 5 December 2019

FSB: Half of private sector jobs dependent on resilience of smaller Scottish firms

Scottish firms should prepare for unsettled trading conditions as governments take action on climate change and the country grapples with a series of major challenges, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned.

Published 1 November 2019

More SMEs dissatisfied with broadband provisions

A greater proportion of smaller Scottish firms are dissatisfied with their broadband service compared to the UK as a whole, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research reveals.

Published 16 October 2019

Lanarkshire to host Women in Business event

Lanarkshire is to host the Lanarkshire Women in Business Closing The Female Funding Gap event next month to provide expert advice and access to funders to women across the area.

Published 11 October 2019

Scottish SME confidence on the slide

New figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have revealed that Scottish small business confidence slid in the third quarter of 2019, reversing the surprise resurgence seen earlier in the year.

Published 4 October 2019

MPs call for legislation to stem tide of bank closures in Scotland

A group of MPs have called for new legislation to stop banks abandoning Scottish towns.

Published 29 August 2019

Highland tourist tax could raise up to £10m per year

A tourist tax in the Highlands could raise up up to £10 million per year for the region, according to council officials. 

Published 19 August 2019