Whether you're interested in the smaller business community, are planning to start a business or have an existing business, we have a package for you.
Our most popular package is FSB Business Essentials which includes a whole range of benefits and products designed to make your business fly
A suite of legal benefits including a dedicated helpline, bundled insurance products and a range of online information to keep your business safe. Plus a whole range of negotiated benefits to help save you money and win business.
Our Business Creation package is designed to make starting a business simpler, allowing you time to focus on what's important - making it a success.
Specialist company formation benefits, access to FSB networking, business banking and a range of products to help get you setup in business.
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You'll be able to access specialist networking events with like-minded members of the community and have your say in our Big Voice survey panel.
Whatever your circumstances, we have a package to suit you and your business. Click the button below to see which benefits are included in each package and start your FSB journey.
'Within a few weeks of joining we'd taken advantage of FSB’s Online Legal Documents. We started a graduate programme and access to these documents gave us an understanding of the legal side, and has helped us to create a number of processes and procedures.'
'When we first took on a member of staff, we used the online legal document template library. FSB does more important stuff than you think it does, there are lots of member benefits, probably more than we actually use.'
'Having somebody like FSB behind you is fantastic. There is a whole team behind the organisations, whatever is required: support, advice, finance, you know that you’re not alone, you’ve got FSB.'
We represent a diverse range of businesses from retailers to marketing agencies and just about everything in between. Take a look at more member stories and see how we could help your business fly.
More Member Stories
We offer three packages to suit your business needs. Joining FSB Connect is free, our Business Essentials package starts at £172.50 in the first year and our specialist Business Creation package has a fixed price of £129.
Hertfordshire-based Women with Waders has become a big fish in its particular pond over the last decade and is now the leading pond maintenance, construction and cleaning company in an area spanning Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, North London, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.
The Hitchin-based company was founded by managing director and FSB member, Jo Pateman, in 2005. Jo had worked in an aquatic nursery for a couple of years when she was told the owner was closing the shop. She bravely opted to take over the lease and borrowed money from her father-in-law to buy stock – including lots of pond-related items, from fish and plant to pumps and pond liners.
From there, moving into the world of pond maintenance is something she describes as a ‘natural progression’. Women with Waders was the result of Jo’s passion for all aquatic life and as she had another keen fishkeeping and aquatic plant lady working for her, the name was both quirky and appropriate.
The pair poured their knowledge into the business, managing ponds of all types and size, from small ponds to large neglected lakes and from highly elaborate ponds, to school ponds that teach children about habitats and food chains. The team started to expand and became a ‘Small Business of the Year’ finalist in the 2008 Hertfordshire Business Awards.
Jo’s business journey cannot be fully detailed without referencing the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), an organisation that has supported the UK’s smaller businesses for over 40 years. Jo’s sister, Maree Atkinson works for FSB and highlighted how valuable its package of services could be for Jo, as she grew her business. Jo soon agreed.
When the business scooped 2012’s ‘Most Enterprising Business’ award from FSB Hertfordshire, things got really interesting, as Jo explains:
“FSB put me in touch with Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and the programme featured me over a whole year, as I worked with mentor, Nikki King, CEO of Isuzu Trucks and a hugely knowledgeable entrepreneur. The experience was invaluable and also created a huge amount of recognition. People still mention it today!”
A healthy increase in turnover has extended Jo’s duties as an employer. To tackle these, she has used her FSB membership to the full, accessing both employment law and contract law advice from FSB’s legal and employment protection schemes. The pond specialist has stayed abreast of legislation and ensured her procedures and contracts are watertight.
“Smaller businesses need to deliver excellent customer service and pay attention to detail, concentrating on aspects such as building a client database, whilst using professional services, such as those provided by FSB, to handle non-core competencies.”
Women with Waders is going from strength to strength. Its story demonstrates how diving in at the deep end paid off for one female entrepreneur and how FSB membership delivered even more than anticipated.
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