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5 Key FSB Services You Might Not Know About

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  • 26 August 2016

FSB is the only business membership organisation to offer its members comprehensive, legal and tax protection insurance scheme; around the clock legal advice and employment law guidance – we've been doing this for over 40 years!

That's not all, the FSB offers an array of bespoke products and services from pension planning, including an auto enrolment solution, business banking and other products and services specifically designed to help members grow their business and save money.

5 Key FSB Services You Might Not Know About

Your concerns and opinions get heard too, as our policy, public affairs and media team work tirelessly on your behalf.

In 2014 FSB was voted the most effective lobbying group. We make Government listen to and act upon the issues that affect you and your businesses and our new Big Voice research community gives you an opportunity to have your say, be informed and share with like minded members.

When you join FSB you'll be part of a wider community covering the length and breadth of the UK. FSB members have access to a diverse range of specially negotiated products and services that will support you, help grow your business whilst providing networking opportunities across the UK and beyond.

The specially negotiated products and services include are often worth much more than the cost of annual subscription and include, pension planning, including an auto-enrolment solution, free business banking, telecom provider and a vehicle services provider.

As a member of FSB, a small business puts itself in an advantageous position. As an expert organisation that understands the issues that affect small businesses, we provide support, advice and information to help our members thrive in their business endeavours.

There are lots of benefits to be gained from becoming a member, and here are just five of them that you may not be aware of.

Tax Protection

The issue of tax is a thorny and often complex area for any business. Small businesses, in particular, may not have the resources or knowledge to understand every tax issue that may affect them. We exist to provide our members with relevant, current and informative tax advice and assistance, including a tax advice helpline that is operated by experts in taxation matters. We can also provide tax investigation insurance, which can provide protection against potentially costly and lengthy tax inspections. You will be represented by experts during any tax investigations, and they will liaise directly with your accountant.

Legal Protection

As a member of the FSB, you are automatically entitled to legal protection insurance. Any business, no matter what its size, can be left vulnerable to legal issues or claims made against them. Such damaging and costly claims may cripple a small business for good. We offer members legal protection insurance to cover them in such circumstances whilst also providing essential business legal advice from qualified lawyers. We can also provide a wealth of advice on aspects such as employment law, commercial law, health and safety and tax.

Employment Law

Most small-business owners will probably not be conversant with the many aspects of employment law, yet being up to date on the relevant issues can ensure that a business is not behaving unlawfully in any way. FSB members have access to a wide range of information and advice relating to employment law, including downloadable documents that can keep them abreast of the latest changes relating to this area. This is especially important as most laws work in favour of the employee, so avoiding costly tribunals will be essential for any business, no matter what its size. Our Legal Protection Scheme also provides businesses with access to lawyers and legal representation in any tribunals that take place.

Health and Safety Law

The laws regarding health and safety in the workplace can be a minefield, with so many different aspects that are covered, including accident reporting, fire and hazards, risk assessments, manual handling and working with equipment, amongst others. A small business may not be aware of what health and safety law covers, yet knowing about the issues and how you need to comply will be crucial to avoid any risk of danger or accidents in the workplace. As a member of FSB, you will have an extensive range of information regarding health and safety laws at your disposal, including what the laws cover, what you need to do to comply and also any changes that may occur to any laws at a particular time.

Online Legal Documents

Running a small business has many different aspects, and at some point you are likely to need legal assistance. Often this may only involve being given the correct and current information regarding an issue, without the need to see a lawyer. This can save time and money, which is vital for any business. You are given access to a wide range of online legal documents that you can refer to at any time. Documentation is available via our website for members only and is split into different sections covering employment law, business law, taxation, and health and safety. Our members have this information at their fingertips, and we also issue monthly email bulletins on related matters.