MacKay Hannah

How do we support small business post-COVID recovery in Scotland?


Colin Borland

Director of Devolved Nations, Federation of Small Businesses

Colin joined FSB’s Scottish public affairs team in 2008, just as the financial crash was about to hit. Now, thirteen tumultuous years later, as businesses look to rebuild after coronavirus and navigate the post-Brexit trading environment, Colin oversees all of FSB’s policy, public affairs and field staff teams across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As Director of Devolved Nations, he is also a member of the FSB UK senior management team.

Colin writes regularly on small business matters in the national press and commentates on business and finance issues for both radio and television.

Before joining FSB, Colin worked for a public affairs consultancy and as a researcher in the Scottish Parliament.

Colin graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1998 with an honours degree in Scots Law and lives with his wife and two young sons in Barrhead, where he is a keen gardener – a subject on which he has never once bored anyone, ever.


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