Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland


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The Federation of Small Businesses is Scotland’s largest direct-member business organisation, representing over 19,000 members in Scotland. The FSB campaigns for an economic and social environment which allows small businesses to grow and prosper. It also offers cost-effective commercial support to businesses in areas like finance, legal and healthcare.

The huge growth in start-ups between 2008 and 2013 was driven almost entirely by micro businesses, and around two thirds of FSB members have been innovative by introducing new products/services over the past two years.

Key Facts

  • The FSB in Scotland is a member-led organisation with a presence right across the country: from the islands in the north to the borders in the south.
  • The FSB is run by its member businesses through a strong, local grassroots structure.
  • Independent research found that the FSB is among the best known and best regarded of any organisations in Holyrood.
  • We recently published a report on home-based businesses revealing that: 50% of all Scottish businesses are based in the home; the majority of small firms operating in commercial premises started in the home; they sustain around 1 in 5 private sector jobs; and turn over £19.7bn a year.

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