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.
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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.
Our Business Creation experts are on hand to answer all your queries about setting up on your own. The following are just some of the questions we’ve received recently
Q When should I give up my job to start my business?
Knowing when to leave a job is like climbing the stairs. It is something that you do one step at a time.
Consider your family. Talk through the realities of the move, along with the possible financial impact
Identify a gap in the market, where you can solve a problem; try to identify your unique selling proposition. Why should business owners or customers use you? Spend some time perfecting your business offering
Have a clear idea of whether you have a market for your products or services. If you are considering a service business, stay in employment until you have negotiated enough contracts to cover your personal survival budget and business expenses
Think through the correct legal status that suits you on a short and long-term basis
Take the time to develop your systems. Start with a business plan, personal survival budget and cash-flow forecast along with a working knowledge of the financial side to the business
Never make a big decision to start a business when you are experiencing a traumatic change in your life. Wait until things have been resolved and you can clearly think through all aspects of starting a business before taking that step.
Q How do I identify a good accountant?
A good accountant can be identified by the following:
Has great people skills
Knows your industry
Can assist you to set up a simple book-keeping system compatible with the systems they use
Will not charge you for a quick call or a regular email
Has a professional client reminder system in place
Updates you on recent changes within the industry and from the Government that will affect your business
Explains financial terminology in simple terms
Remember that the onus is still on you to ensure all HMRC paperwork and payments are submitted on time.
Q What can I do when business is quiet?
It is inevitable that things may start to go quiet. Here are a few useful activities that can be done during those periods:
Attend training courses. Courses can expand your skills, assist with growth or help you diversify
Reassess your business goals. A quiet period is a good time to keep an eye on your competitors, the market, pricing and your terms and conditions
Expand your offer. Consider adding more products and/or services. Try to have at least three or four income streams coming into the business
Network. Social networking is one of the most cost-effective ways to engage with businesses
Catch up on paperwork. This is the ideal time to ensure that you complete your accounts, ready for submission.
Take a holiday. Time away from the business is the best way to recharge your batteries, think objectively and return to work full of energy
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