The FSB has worked with Jobcentre Plus to help small businesses design suitable part-time and flexible jobs.
The Jobcentre Plus Small Business Recruitment Service (SBRS) now offers a free recruitment service with advice and support throughout the recruitment process for small businesses.
The FSB continuously lobbies for improvements to the Small Business Rate Relief Schemes. The Government has announced a doubling of the relief available in England under the scheme for the second year in a row.
Nearly 500,000 small businesses now benefit from the rate relief scheme.
As a direct result of campaigning by the FSB's Northern Ireland Policy Unit, Small Business Rates Relieve was introduced in April 2010.
16,000 businesses in Northern Ireland will benefit from this relief.
The Scottish Policy Unit has campaigned against new burdensome fire regulations affecting B&B owners, resulting in a victory simplifying requirements and reducing costs.
As a result, the costs of installing fire safety equipment has fallen from an average of £19,690 to just £960.
The Policy Unit in Wales has been heavily involved in the consultation on charges for plastic bags.
As a result of the involvement the introduction of charges has been reduced from 7p per bag to 5p.
The FSB is on the verge of securing a rise in the Small Claims Track limit from £5,000 to £15,000 to allow more cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently in court.
Costs for small businesses will be reduced as litigation procedure times are reduced and businesses receive greater compensation.
The FSB campaign for a small business exemption from onerous annual accounting rules was successful in the European Parliament.
As a consequence of the FSB's actions small businesses in the UK will save more than £400 million.
Also in Brussels, our team lobbied successfully against the European Parliament passing new maternity leave rules.
This victory saved the UK economy and small businesses in particular, over £4 billion.
The FSB has campaigned for better local authority waste services for small businesses.
Following FSB lobbying, Government announced it would work with local authorities to encourage them to open household recycling centres to small businesses.
After FSB lobbying, the Government has introduced a One-in One-Out system for regulation.
This should stem the introduction of new regulations and ultimately reduce the stock of existing regulation.
The FSB called for a business led national mentoring service to help start-ups and growing burlinesses to flourish.
As a result, small businesses can now use mentorsme.co.uk
, Britain's first online mentoring gateway
, a single point of access for small businesses seeking mentoring and those that want to be mentors..