Federation of Small Businesses



FSB: Half of Scottish small businesses oppose extension of vaccine passport scheme

Half of all Scottish small businesses are opposed to the extension of the vaccine passport scheme with around a quarter of firms supportive of such a change, according to a snap poll of 500 operators from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 15 November 2021

'Slim pickings' for Scottish small businesses in UK Budget

There is little of benefit to Scottish small businesses in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

Published 27 October 2021

FSB: Edinburgh constituency most enterprising in Scotland

The Edinburgh Central Scottish Parliament constituency has more businesses than any other in the country, according to official figures uncovered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 7 October 2021

Scottish Government announces COVID-19 recovery strategy

The Scottish Government has announced that people who have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic will be at the heart of Scotland’s Covid recovery strategy.

Published 6 October 2021

FSB: Scottish firms borrowed tree times more than they were given in grants during pandemic

More than £4 billion of government-backed loans were provided to Scottish businesses during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new breakdown from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showing the amount of debt taken on across every Scottish council area.

Published 20 August 2021

FSB: Scottish business optimism rises but overheads spiral

Business optimism amongst Scottish smaller firms is at its strongest since the summer of 2015, according to new research released by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 26 July 2021

Scottish business welcomes new cabinet ministers

Scottish business organisations have welcomed the appointment of new cabinet ministers to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 20 May 2021

FSB poses small firms’ questions to politicians ahead of Scottish election

Scotland’s political leaders have been quizzed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) about their plans for getting Scotland’s local and independent businesses back on their feet.

Published 29 April 2021

FSB: Scottish business optimism rises as wider economy re-opens

Confidence is rising among Scotland’s local and independent firms, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 26 April 2021

FSB: Economic recovery 'far from assured for many local firms' despite easing restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed a significant easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland from Monday, however, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that recovery was far from assured for many local firms.

Published 21 April 2021

FSB: Quarter of small exporters have paused selling to EU

New research conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has shown that those selling into the EU are suffering more as a result of new paperwork than importers while the great majority of those doing business in Europe have been hit by shipment delays or loss of goods.

Published 12 April 2021

COVID crisis makes self-employment less attractive, Scottish firms warn

Three-fifths of business owners in Scotland say that the covid crisis has made self-employment less attractive, according to a new study conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland.

Published 9 April 2021

NatWest: Support for SMEs could unlock £140bn of additional GVA growth by 2030

A new New SME Recovery Report from NatWest has revealed that targeted support for SMEs could unlock £140 billion of additional GVA growth by 2030 equivalent to creating around 3.2 million new jobs across the UK.

Published 30 March 2021

Pay-as-you-go income tax system will burden small businesses, experts warn

Government plans for a new “pay-as-you-go” income tax system for the self-employed will burden small businesses, UK experts have warned.

Published 24 March 2021

Rise in borrowing heightens fears for UK SMEs

Emergency funding schemes launched in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic led to gross bank lending to small and medium-sized companies rising by 82% last year to £104 billion, fuelling concerns amongst UK firms about business debt.

Published 10 March 2021