Federation of Small Businesses (Scotland)

  1. Hardest hit businesses need 'new financial support'

    Money worries

    Andrew McRae, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Scotland policy chair, welcomes the fact the country is not facing a full lockdown.

    But he expresses frustration that the sacrifices made so far have failed to control the virus.

    He adds: “To avoid these restrictions becoming the final straw for many independent firms, we’ll need to see new financial support for those businesses hardest hit.

    "Disappointingly, what we didn’t hear at Holyrood or Westminster were details of new help for firms forced to reduce hours or shut up shop.

    "We also can’t forget about those businesses that haven’t been able to re-open due to ongoing restrictions."

    Mr McRae says many smaller businesses are close to exhausting their cash reserves, while others have taken on debt to keep trading.

  2. Business broadly welcomes easing of restrictions

    Shopper on Sauchiehall Street

    The latest easing of lockdown restrictions has been broadly welcomed by Scotland's business community.

    Under phase 2 of the Scottish government's route map, factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities will be able to resume operations from 29 June.

    Street-access stores and outdoor markets will also be allowed to reopen, but non-essential outlets in shopping centres will remain closed until the next phase.

    Pubs, cafes and restaurants will remain shuttered for now, although ministers will review "scientific evidence" over the next two weeks on how outdoor spaces can be reopened safely.

    Both the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Institute of Directors Scotland welcomed the move.

    The Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland also praised the step but said many independent firms would be disappointed, because they had expected "a swifter timetable" for reopening.

  3. Coronavirus: 'Act like tourists' plea to help post-lockdown Edinburgh

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    Business leaders have called on Edinburgh residents to behave like tourists in their own city to boost the economy after lockdown is lifted.

    They say the city centre has been like a "ghost town" since pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops closed in late March.

    Even when they reopen in the later phases of the lockdown recovery plan, there is unlikely to be the influx of tourists so many businesses depend on.

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  4. Move to ease business restrictions 'helpful start'

    Builders after lockdown announced

    Scottish business leaders have described plans to ease restrictions on garden centres as well as the agriculture, forestry and construction sectors as a "helpful start", after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her route map for easing lockdown.

    Welcoming the move, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron called for the publication of "detailed sectoral guidelines" to be accelerated to help businesses prepare for a restart.

    CBI Scotland director Tracy Black said the Scottish government's four-phase plan provided a "helpful starting point for firms preparing for the restart and those already working hard to ensure their operations are as safe as possible for staff and customers".

    Malcolm Cannon, head of the Institute of Directors Scotland, said his organisation was "encouraged" by the proposed easing of restrictions.

    The Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland also welcomed the easing of some restrictions, but called on ministers to provide "as a matter of urgency, clear, realistic guidance to all businesses about the steps they should take before reopening".

  5. Scots business may need 'second and third wave' of cash help

    Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Man walking

    Stuart Mackinnon from the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland says some money is getting to companies but more needs to be done quickly.

    He has seen some cash getting through but some of the UK schemes are yet to get up and running.

    Read more here.

    Quote Message: Small firms are hugely resilient and can bounce back from most circumstances. But we are going to need government to get the right help to them at the right time and as time goes on we may need a second a third wave of help. from Stuart Mackinnon Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland
    Stuart MackinnonFederation of Small Businesses in Scotland