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.
Joining FSB Connect is free and is a great way to be part of the FSB Community and have your voice heard.
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.
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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.
At the FSB we know just how much there is to think about when you’re setting up a new business. You start with a great idea - you know you can do something better than anyone else, or you’ve spotted a business opportunity that you’re sure is a winner.
Obviously, you need to give your business an identity that distinguishes you from your competitors and tells people immediately what kind of business you are. Remember that first impressions count hugely, and you need to be as professional as possible.
Similarly, location can be really important. Look at other businesses close by. Are they similar to yours? If not, will your type of customers be drawn to this location? Think about your logo, signage and vehicle liveries. Used properly they can win you new customers.
As with all aspects of business, funding is being hugely influenced by the internet. Time was you had two choices when looking for funding: the bank, or your family. There are now various Government schemes that support new businesses and a growing set of “crowd funding” and “peer-to-peer” lenders. Be careful not to over borrow - you don’t want to burden the business with heavy interest payments. But you do need enough working capital to buy materials and to pay staff while the money starts to come in.
As you get nearer your launch date, you may be running around getting premises or systems ready, ramping up your marketing and advertising efforts, organising stock or getting those vital business cards printed. It’s easy to leave the complications of payment systems such as mobile payment terminals until the last minute, but it can pay dividends (literally sometimes!) to give the subject a bit of thought in advance.
The more flexible you are about the way in which you receive payments, the more sales you can make. Some customers will want to pay by debit or credit card at your location. But many more will want to pay online, so you’ll need a link from your website to a secure payment site.
Mobile card payment is now a growing trend and many customers will want you to bring a card reader with you when you’re at their home or business. You'll need to take a mobile terminal to wherever they happen to be: at their table; in the beauty treatment room; in their car; in fact, just about any place you can think of!
Mobile terminals are everywhere and your customers will expect you to provide one. You may also find that once you start thinking about how you can use a mobile payment terminal, it allows you to provide your service or product in a more flexible way, thus increasing your potential customer base.
But mobile terminals, great as they are, can’t always solve the problem. For example, your customer may be some distance away, and in this case you may need the flexibility to send them a payment link by email.
We’re very much aware of the needs of small businesses, and our members have access to all the payment methods we’ve discussed above - from the moment they join. If you're interested in signing up to this service, take a look at the processing service here and mobile payment terminal service here. If you're not a FSB member yet, sign up here!
National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses LimitedSir Frank Whittle Way / Blackpool / FY4 2FE. National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses Limited (FSB) is registered in England, number 1263540