The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland (FSB Scotland) has called for the Scottish Government to establish a new emergency grant and loan scheme for smaller businesses and the self-employed. In a letter to ministers, FSB Scotland has called for new help for operators who are either excluded from
Fifteen UK construction bodies have written to the UK Government to share serious concerns regarding the implementation of reverse VAT charges and have called for a delay in implementing the new rules.
Scottish procurement reforms are failing to help smaller businesses win public contracts, a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed. According to FSB’s research, only about a fifth of Scotland’s £12 billion procurement budget goes directly to small bus
The number of Scottish businesses winning work from their local council has almost halved over the last decade, according to a detailed new report. Figures published by the Improvement Service show that Scotland’s councils had 51,312 local suppliers in 2008 but by 2017 this figure had fallen to 29
FSB national chairman, Mike Cherry A long-running call by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC Group) for the use of project bank accounts is now being backed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on banks to show leniency to the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Carillion’s supply chain. Finance and banking trade body UK Finance said this week that major banks are working closely with the UK government to limit the
Trade bodies and unions have called on both the UK and Scottish governments to ensure that appropriate lessons are learned for future decisions on the procurement of large scale construction projects following the collapse on the UK’s second biggest construction firm. Carillion was placed into com
Scotland’s business leaders have urged ministers to address transport infrastructure and affordable housing issues for the country’s islands communities. A survey of 275 island firms by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed 88% of respondents stated they faced other challenges th
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said a new programme to improve and repair local infrastructure will help reverse the downward trend in Scotland’s employment rate. Labour market figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that unemployment in Scotland f
RICS Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to take advantage of the range of new powers provided by the Scotland Bill to maintain its “commendable” construction record. Under the new plans announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the Scottish Parliament is to receive new devolved powers
Gordon Henderson The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned that plumbers, electricians and builders could be forced out of central Edinburgh under plans to make the Capital Scotland’s slowest city.