The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000
members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Our lobbying arm - led by the Westminster Press and Parliamentary office - applies pressure on MPs, Government and Whitehall and puts the FSB viewpoint over to the media. The FSB also has Press and Parliamentary Offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast to lobby the devolved assemblies. Development Managers work alongside members in our regions to further FSB influence at a regional level.
In addition, Member Services is committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB. These services will be subject to continuing review and will represent a positive enhancement to the benefit of membership of the Leading Business Organisation in the UK. See the full range of FSB benefits.
A community that recognises, values and adequately rewards the endeavours of those who are self employed and small business owners within the UK
To be and remain the largest and most effective organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self employed and small business owners within the UK.
Principal Objectives To Achieve The Mission Statement
- To recruit continuously at a high level
- To retain as many members as possible
- To promote the interests of members
- To protect members' business
- To publicise the benefits of self-employed and business ownership
- To identify the continuously changing needs of members
The Federation of Small Businesses is the trading name of the National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited. Our registered office is Sir Frank Whittle Way, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 2FE. Our company number is 1263540 and our Data Protection Act registration number is Z7356876. We are a non-profit making organisation and we have registered with the Information Commissioner on a voluntary basis.
We have two associated companies, FSB (Member Services) Limited (company number 02875304 and Data Protection Act registration number Z7356601) and NFSE Sales Limited (company number 01222258 and Data Protection Act registration number Z7315310).
Contacting the FSB
Questions about our Privacy Statement can be addressed to the "Data Protection Controller" at the above address.
What we do
The FSB exists to serve the interests of its Members and our core objectives are set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association. FSB Member Services Ltd is party to a contract with Warren Hill (Insurance Brokers) and NFSE Sales Limited produces the FSB's journal, First Voice. NFSE Sales Limited also acts as a reseller of selected merchandise and products.
The Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the processing of personal data. Organisations like the FSB process personal data on a daily basis. The Act requires us to give information about our data processing activities and how we deal with the information that we hold.
Personal data are defined as any information relating to a living individual from which he or she can be identified (such as a person's name, address or date of birth).
The personal data that we collect consists mainly of Members' names, addresses and contact details and any other information necessary for us to be of service to our Members, including the necessary financial information required to maintain subscriptions and provide the facilities that our Members require.
Personal information is held on our database, in back-up form and in archive form. Hard copies of information on our database are occasionally made where necessary to provide our services. Photocopies may occasionally be made of manual records. FSB Regions maintain Membership lists.
Access to our database is restricted through the use of passwords. Records may be retrieved, consulted, adapted, modified or copied from time to time. Records are reviewed periodically and non relevant records are deleted. We will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep all data accurate and up to date.
Membership data is shared between FSB Regions and the subsidiary companies and only with third parties and professional advisers where it is necessary to do so for the purpose of the provision of our services and the good administration of the FSB.
If we provide information to a third party (examples include providers of a product or service and external data processing agencies such as FSB Sales Consultants) we will exercise strict control over the third party, requiring it and any of its agents to:
- maintain the security and confidentiality of the information and restrict access to those of its own employees;
- use the data for the agreed purpose only and prevent it being used for any other purpose by any other party;
- In addition, we will restrict the information disclosed to the absolute minimum necessary.
As indicated on the Membership Application Form Information may be disclosed to approved third parties for marketing purposes. If you would prefer not to receive marketing information please contact us.
We will maintain confidentiality in your information even after your Membership has ceased and aside from the categories already mentioned your information will not be disclosed to anyone else except where we are legally compelled to do so, where there is a duty to the public to disclose, where disclosure is necessary to protect the FSB's interests or where the disclosure is made with your consent or at your request
On payment of a statutory fee of 10 pounds, you have the right to be informed of the information that we hold on you within 40 days. You also have the right to request that all inaccuracies be amended. All enquiries should be addressed to the "Data Protection Controller" at our Blackpool address.