Federation of Small Businesses



Scottish Government extends non-domestic rates relief

Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses will pay no rates during 2021-22 under proposals outlined yesterday by finance secretary Kate Forbes.

Published 17 February 2021

Scottish business welcomes steady-as-you-go budget

Finance secretary Kate Forbes did not announce any changes to income tax rates and bands in the coming year after she set out the Scottish Government's budget plans yesterday.

Published 29 January 2021

TSB pays 96% of SME suppliers within seven days

TSB has provided cash flow to small and medium-sized business suppliers across the UK during the pandemic, paying 96% of invoices within seven days over the last six months.

Published 26 January 2021

FSB survey reveals mental health crisis within Scottish businesses

Two-fifths of business owners in Scotland say they’re worried about their mental health, according to a survey of 1200 entrepreneurs conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 21 January 2021

Government tightens prompt payment code forcing CEOs to take personal responsibility

Businesses owners, finance directors or CEOs of companies that have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code will be obliged to take personal responsibility for payments under new reforms announced by the UK Government today.

Published 19 January 2021

Scottish business responds to further curbs on non-essential retailers

The Scottish Government has announced further measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit non-essential contact.

Published 14 January 2021

Scottish business optimism plunged before the latest lockdown, FSB reports

Scottish business confidence crashed in the final days of 2020, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 11 January 2021

Scottish Government to receive £375m as chancellor announces new business support

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the Scottish Government will receive a further £375m to offer direct support to Scottish businesses.

Published 5 January 2021

FSB: Holyrood must prioritise small business recovery

The next intake of MSPs must deliver new laws designed to help Scotland’s local and independent firms recover from this year’s crisis, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 17 December 2020

Scottish Government announces new £185m business support package

Businesses across Scotland will benefit from a new £185 million package of targeted coronavirus support.

Published 10 December 2020

FSB calls for expansion of Scottish grants to help suppliers and forgotten firms

Coronavirus grants should be provided for suppliers to Scottish hospitality and retail businesses hit by current restrictions, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Published 30 November 2020

Scottish business responds to Chancellor's spending review

Scottish business organisations have responded to Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spending Review statement, with some calling the announcement "disappointing".

Published 26 November 2020

UK business leaders draw-up fresh proposal to support forgotten firms struggling during COVID

A coalition of small business leaders, tax experts and company directors have detailed the measures needed to address a government shortcoming which has left thousands with no income support throughout months of COVID-linked disruption.

Published 23 November 2020

Business confidence in Scotland drops to -28%

Business confidence in Scotland fell seven points during October to -28%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Bank of Scotland Commercial Banking.

Published 30 October 2020

New Scottish coronavirus grant scheme opens

Businesses in Scotland impacted by the current block of coronavirus restrictions can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 from today.  

Published 20 October 2020