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BUSINESS INSIGHT: New government should be pro-small business and pro-growth

14 June 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: New government should be pro-small business and pro-growth

BUSINESS INSIGHT: New government should be pro-small business and pro-growth

14 June 2024

FSB wants introduction of a Small Business Act covering things like late payment by large businesses, access to finance and public sector procurement.


BUSINESS INSIGHT: Where are the freeport’s workers going to come from?

17 May 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: Where are the freeport’s workers going to come from?

BUSINESS INSIGHT: Where are the freeport’s workers going to come from?

17 May 2024

The economic and social future for our region is jeopardised, without more affordable accommodation, says our columnist.


BUSINESS INSIGHT: What will happen to our waste?

12 April 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: What will happen to our waste?

BUSINESS INSIGHT: What will happen to our waste?

12 April 2024

10% of small Highland business owners spend 8+ hours per week on regulatory compliance, adding more must be done sparingly, says our columnist.


BUSINESS INSIGHT: Regulation is necessary but it must be well thought out

15 March 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: Regulation is necessary but it must be well thought out

BUSINESS INSIGHT: Regulation is necessary but it must be well thought out

15 March 2024

'Smaller businesses so vital to our economic prosperity and wellbeing must be placed front and centre of political and public sector thinking.'


BUSINESS INSIGHT: We must break down remoteness barriers in Highlands

16 February 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: We must break down remoteness barriers in Highlands

BUSINESS INSIGHT: We must break down remoteness barriers in Highlands

16 February 2024

'We must hope that the Scottish Government’s new Addressing Depopulation Action Plan will lead the way in increasing co-operation and collaboration.'


BUSINESS INSIGHT: Economy should be central to Scottish Government’s thinking

12 January 2024
BUSINESS INSIGHT: Economy should be central to Scottish Government’s thinking

BUSINESS INSIGHT: Economy should be central to Scottish Government’s thinking

12 January 2024

We need it to really listen, and then, through its agencies, take direct positive action, says our columnist.


Does your small business have what it takes to be a winner in the FSB awards?

15 December 2023
Does your small business have what it takes to be a winner in the FSB awards?

Does your small business have what it takes to be a winner in the FSB awards?

15 December 2023

Whatever 2023 has been like for you, we all hope to start the next year on a high.


BUSINESS COMMENT: Don't let your money leave the Highlands and never return!

17 November 2023
BUSINESS COMMENT: Don't let your money leave the Highlands and never return!

BUSINESS COMMENT: Don't let your money leave the Highlands and never return!

17 November 2023

Shop locally where possible, and your money supports local families – owners and staff, says our columnist.


BUSINESS INSIGHT: Scottish Government is stifling Highland ambition

13 October 2023
BUSINESS INSIGHT: Scottish Government is stifling Highland ambition

BUSINESS INSIGHT: Scottish Government is stifling Highland ambition

13 October 2023

Our columnist says: Repair roads, complete the A9 dualling, improve and the Perth to Inverness railway line, and sort the west coast ferries!


BUSINESS INSIGHT: It must not be about survival in Highlands; it must be about growth

15 September 2023
BUSINESS INSIGHT: It must not be about survival in Highlands; it must be about growth

BUSINESS INSIGHT: It must not be about survival in Highlands; it must be about growth

15 September 2023

Study finds half of Highlands and Islands businesses plan to grow over the next two years.


DAVID RICHARDSON: Deadline approaching for let applications – with a clear need for business support

11 August 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Deadline approaching for let applications – with a clear need for business support

DAVID RICHARDSON: Deadline approaching for let applications – with a clear need for business support

11 August 2023

If you own a relevant business (self-catering, Airbnb etc), you must submit your Short-term Lets License (STL) application before October 1.


FSB: How do Highland high streets fare right now?

14 July 2023
FSB: How do Highland high streets fare right now?

FSB: How do Highland high streets fare right now?

14 July 2023

High streets and their futures have been much discussed in recent years, says our columnist.


BUSINESS COMMENT: How are Highland firms faring?

17 June 2023
BUSINESS COMMENT: How are Highland firms faring?

BUSINESS COMMENT: How are Highland firms faring?

17 June 2023

This matters, for no government, public agency or institution can operate effectively without knowing the answer, says our columnist.


DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland Council has a role to play for businesses and communities to capitalise on opportunities

12 May 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland Council has a role to play for businesses and communities to capitalise on opportunities

DAVID RICHARDSON: Highland Council has a role to play for businesses and communities to capitalise on opportunities

12 May 2023

The local authority can be an enabler by investing comparatively small sums, says our columnist.


DAVID RICHARDSON: More needs to be done to aid rural Highland firms that have diversity, ambition and potential

14 April 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: More needs to be done to aid rural Highland firms that have diversity, ambition and potential

DAVID RICHARDSON: More needs to be done to aid rural Highland firms that have diversity, ambition and potential

14 April 2023

Opportunities and challenges faced by firms across the Highlands are different, says our columnist.


Alcohol marketing plans and Deposit Return Scheme will harm Highland businesses

21 February 2023
Alcohol marketing plans and Deposit Return Scheme will harm Highland businesses

Alcohol marketing plans and Deposit Return Scheme will harm Highland businesses

21 February 2023

Changes like these are the last thing that small businesses need, says David Richardson of the FSB.


DAVID RICHARDSON: Green Freeport is a real win – but firms still need more support

13 January 2023
DAVID RICHARDSON: Green Freeport is a real win – but firms still need more support

DAVID RICHARDSON: Green Freeport is a real win – but firms still need more support

13 January 2023

The success of Opportunity Cromarty Firth’s freeport bid is clearly wonderful news for the Inner Moray Firth and, hopefully, the wider Highlands.


David Richardson: Businesses need targeted support to keep them alive

21 December 2022
David Richardson: Businesses need targeted support to keep them alive

David Richardson: Businesses need targeted support to keep them alive

21 December 2022

Help for businesses today, means they can thrive and fully contribute tomorrow.


David Richardson: Highland business owners have positive, can-do attitudes

11 November 2022
David Richardson: Highland business owners have positive, can-do attitudes

David Richardson: Highland business owners have positive, can-do attitudes

11 November 2022

David Richardson, regional development manager at FSB, encourages people to put themselves forward for awards.


DAVID RICHARDSON: Small businesses are in need of certainty now more than ever

22 October 2022
DAVID RICHARDSON: Small businesses are in need of certainty now more than ever

DAVID RICHARDSON: Small businesses are in need of certainty now more than ever

22 October 2022

The Federation of Small Business development manager talks about the impact of uncertainty.


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