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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.
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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 an introductory price of £99 in the first year.
Welcome to the FSB Northern Ireland Policy Homepage.
Small businesses are at the core of the local economy. They account for 99.9% of all businesses in Northern Ireland and provide employment for around 347,000 people. It is these firms that will drive forward economic recovery and the FSB will continue to lobby and advise on the policies and legislation required to achieve this.
Since the inception of the Assembly the FSB has enjoyed a good working relationship with all the political parties, delivering positive benefits for small businesses, such as Small Business Rates Relief, and the simplified Workplace Disputes Resolution process.
We look forward to cementing these connections even further as we work together in the coming months and years to create the conditions that will rebuild our economy after one of the deepest periods of recession in history.
Wilfred Mitchell OBE
Chairman, Northern Ireland Policy Unit
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Providing access to a workplace pensions scheme is something all businesses will, by law, have to do. Most companies have a deadline to enrol, with some by November 2017.
However, there are many types of workplace pensions available. We explain what each of them entails.
Occupational pensions are set up by an employer to provide their staff with access to a pension scheme. These fall into two categories: final salary schemes and money purchase schemes.
In this scheme your pension is tied to your salary. The amount is paid at retirement, depending on the employee’s current level of pay and the amount of time your business has been signed up to the scheme.
With fixed salary schemes, staff pay a fixed percentage of their salary each month into the scheme, alongside a contribution from the employer.
These schemes are becoming less common in relation to other types of workplace pensions.
Money purchase, or defined contribution, schemes are a more common pension solution. These schemes, again, require staff to pay a set amount into the scheme from their salary. However, employers are not always required to do the same unless it is via automatic enrolment.
These pensions are invested, with the aim being, to increase the amount employees are entitled to when they retire. The pay out at retirement age is based on the amount of money paid in and how successful any investments have been.
Group personal pensions are an option for staff who are unable to be automatically enrolled onto a workplace pension.
As with the other pension options, staff pay into their pension based on a fixed amount from their salary. The contribution is then invested in order to generate additional funds for retirement.
Stakeholder pensions function in a similar way to group personal pensions.
Paying into this sort of pension allows more control over how funds are invested. However, if the scheme is being provided to staff by their employer the control will lie with them.
Contributions from an employer aren’t always necessary with this form of pension. It depends on the terms of the pension agreed between them and their staff.
Finding the right workplace pension for your business can be difficult, with such a range of choice. To help, FSB members have exclusive access to our Workplace Pensions service. This service was specially created to provide businesses with a fully compliant pension scheme that’s quick and simple to set up.
The service features:
To find out more about different types of workplace pensions, or how FSB can help you with your pension scheme, get in touch with a member of our team or visit our FSB Workplace Pensions page.
With expert advice and guidance from a leading provider, it's one of the most popular FSB Member Benefits.
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