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. The new strategy, For a Fairer Future, sets out the next steps in Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic, recognising t
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. By comparison, the latest offic
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). FSB figures show the average Scottish business is now more hopeful about prospects than its UK-wide equivalent for the first
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.
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. The survey also sho
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.
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. As part of its commitment to remove barriers to enterprise and help the econo
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.
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. Ms Forbes said that in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, it is vital that the Scottish Government continues to supp