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.
For small businesses, restricted budgets are a fact of modern life. Smart business people are actively embracing more efficient ways of working; reducing unnecessary costs, exploiting efficiencies and running a more profitable operation by minimising the underlying cost base. So what practical steps can you implement to see rapid and measurable results?
Price creep seems inevitable for business owners but inflation is more a memory than reality in the current economic climate. Consider, for example, the costs of hosting your business technology in the cloud on a licensed user basis, compared with buying in and managing your own server. Equally, look at how the flexible labour market offers you options to hire in contract and temporary workers for projects, rather than expensive permanent staff.
An increasingly flexible and responsive world offers smart working and cost efficiencies. The trick to achieving these gains lies in having a questioning mind. As a business owner, you and your trusted staff should take the Japanese approach of continuously reviewing and improving what you do. Rather than printing a business brochure, look at digital marketing channels to reach your audience. Question everything and think outside the box and you'll soon see the savings roll in.
There is a wealth of free services and resources available out there. Many of these are Government funded, with local private partnership support. Look in your local area to find which services are available to small businesses. You'll probably find mentoring, networking events, classes, digital support services and access to finance advice on offer, all without a single charge. Training is another interesting area; speak to the Federation of Small Businesses to find out if Government funding is available to up-skill existing staff.
If you have available storage space, stock up on regular business purchases and enjoy the cost benefits. Trade retailers such as Costco and Macro are ideal for staff refreshments and janitorial products. Online suppliers offer significant savings on printers, paper and office consumables. Look at entering into a supplier relationship for your regular items in order to secure preferential pricing and better service.
A brand is often an illusion of quality; don't pay over the odds for design and 'brand equity'. Focus on the underlying product and buy exactly what you need. Consider something as banal as office paper towels for the bathroom. Your staff are unlikely to care whether they are a high-end consumer brand, or the basic quality brand from your local trade supplier. Don't pay premiums on unnecessary items.
There's a saying in Texas that refers to 'big hat, small cattle' people. These are individuals who flash their apparent wealth in the form of baubles, conspicuous purchases and luxury designer goods. The true-ism refers to the fact that most of these purchases are financed by debt, and hide the true picture. Attempting to keep up with the illusion of success will deplete your finances and may convey entirely the wrong image. Instead, focus on building up real value, keep your expenses low and your head down. Consider all those hugely successful tech legends who often look as though they've just walked in off the street.
Have your say on a local and national business issues with our very own Big Voice panel.
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