Federation of Small Businesses



UK furlough scheme to end in October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK's coronavirus furlough scheme implemented to save jobs during the coronavirus crisis, will finish at the end of October.

Published 1 June 2020

FSB urges ministers to give grants to firms forced to re-close

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland is asking ministers to consider financial support for workplaces that are required to re-close because staff have been in contact with the virus.

Published 28 May 2020

Excluded smaller firms set to get new COVID-19 grant help

The Scottish Government has announced that coronavirus financial help will be expanded to include businesses that share properties, such as indoor markets, and for firms that aren’t on the rates system, such as some bed and breakfasts.

Published 27 May 2020

First Minister outlines Scotland's route out of lockdown

A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus has been published by the Scottish Government.

Published 22 May 2020

UK Government introduces Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill

The UK Government has today introduced the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill in Parliament, which will put in place a series of measures to amend insolvency and company law to support businesses and to address the challenges resulting from the impact of coronavirus.

Published 21 May 2020

FSB: Figures show Scottish grant funding slowing further

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has highlighted that figures released by the Scottish Government have revealed that the volume of cash reaching firms is slowing further than already highlighted last week.

Published 14 May 2020

FSB: One in three closed Scottish businesses fear they’re shut for good

A third of Scottish business owners who shut down operations during the coronavirus outbreak fear their firm may never re-open, according to a major new survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 13 May 2020

FSB: Figures show Scottish grant funding slowing

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has highlighted that figures released by the Scottish Government have revealed that the volume of cash reaching firms is slowing.

Published 7 May 2020

Applications open for £100m support package for small businesses

A £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people will open for applications later today.

Published 30 April 2020

Scottish businesses awarded £526m through coronavirus grant schemes

The Scottish Government has released figures showing that £526 million of coronavirus grant funding has been released to 45,387 Scottish businesses.

Published 30 April 2020

UK Government announces 100% state-backed loans for small businesses

The UK Government has announced that small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders.

Published 28 April 2020

18,000 businesses benefit from coronavirus support grants

More than £215 million has been awarded to over 18,000 Scottish business ratepayers in just two weeks to help firms combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, new figures have revealed.

Published 20 April 2020

Scottish business tenants to be protected from eviction

Small business tenants are set to get new protection from eviction during the coronavirus outbreak, thanks to new legislation set to be passed by Holyrood today.

Published 1 April 2020

UK Government announces financial support for self-employed

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support measures for those who are self-employed and hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 27 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £2.2bn fund for business affected by coronavirus

Yesterday, economy secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a series of measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus on businesses in Scotland, including a £2.2 billion for businesses.

Published 19 March 2020