We told the Chancellor that small firms need the confidence to borrow money to invest in capital goods in the 2012 Autumn Statement and he took note, increasing the capital allowance limit tenfold from 25,000 to 250,000.
Businesses will now be able to write off up to £250,000 each year of intestment in their tax bills in areas such as factory expansion, machinery and office equipment.
We have repeatedly called for a Business Bank and once announced in the 2012 Autumn statement, the FSB has been asked to be involved in the development of the bank.
The new Business Bank will help small businesses invest, grow and boost business lending.
We pushed for Small Business Rate relief to be extended in England and Wales until 2014 and this happened.
More than 500,000 businesses in England will benefit from this extension, with 350,000 not paying any rates until 2014.
To make it easier for small businesses to switch energy suppliers when faced with rising energy prices, we worked with MPs and successfully tabled a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons to seek a solution.
The energy regulator, Ofgem is putting measures in place to make it easier for small businesses to switch suppliers.
A new Small and Micro Business Assessment has been introduced to reduce the burden of onerous regulation on small businesses.
Small businesses with less than 50 employees will from 2014 be exempted from new regulations if there is evidence that they will result in disproprtionate burden that will impede growth.
A new website that pulls together details of all financial schemes in one single searchable place has been produced in Scotland after our work with the Scottish Government.
The portal is now being used by small businesses who are alerted to the fact that there are more sources of borrowing funds than the traditional form of bank lending.
The Welsh Government has introduced a much improved package to assist small firms to take on apprentices.
The £40m package offers small businesses in Wales up to £3,900 of funding towards the apprentice's salary in the first 12 months, and up to £500 per business for administration costs.
After extensive lobbying air passenger durty on long haul flights has been scrapped in Northern Ireland.
Previously the duty was much higher than in the Republic of Ireland, but the removal of the duty, and its effect on import and export of goods, has meant that businesses in Northern Ireland are better able to compete with businesses in the Republic.
We jointly took part in a campaign with a number of groups for a groceries code adjudicator to be set-up. The Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill will become law in June 2013.
The Groceries code of conduct will ensure small suppliers are fairly treated by large retailers including the 10 largest supermarkets.