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.
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 £177 in the first year and our specialist Business Creation package has a fixed price of £133.
Our Business Creation experts are on hand to answer all your queries about setting up on your own. Christopher Allen, a Start-Up Adviser at FSB Legal, tackles the latest reader questions.
Q. I need to attract funding for my business. What’s the best way to
go about this?
A. Applying for a loan can be daunting as there are a number of different factors to consider. Creating a business plan and cash flow forecast helps lenders to understand your business venture.
Keep the business plan simple and don’t over complicate it
Conduct research to identify market trends, customer spending habits, pitfalls etc
Remember to calculate your entire start-up costs, as you don’t want to come up short if your application is successful
Have a good understanding of the business plan
Ask a friend to read the plan to ensure it reads well.
Q How can I make my business stand out from the crowd?
A Starting a business will involve competition. Don’t let this be an issue – review your competitors’ advantages and disadvantages, and build upon them.
Consider how customers will differentiate your products or services from those of your competitors. What will your USP be based upon? Loyalty schemes, a diverse product range or outstanding customer service? Identifying this from the outset can help you engage with your audience. Ask yourself:
What is unique about your business, price, service, branding or response time?
Where does your product sit within the marketplace?
How will you ensure customer satisfaction, and how will this be monitored?
Are your products mass or niche market?
Are your products sustainable at the current price?
Have you identified your ideal customer, i.e. age, location, social status, etc?
How do your products and services compare to those of your competitors?
Q How do I go about marketing?
A Creating a marketing strategy is more than handing out business cards or creating a website. It is creating a strategy for promoting your products and services.
The following areas are all worth considering:
How unique is your business? What is your USP? How will your products or services differ to those of your competitors?
Be creative. Using a number of different advertising platforms can target a wider audience and increase your chances of engaging with customers
Do your research. Identifying your target audience will enable you
to create tailored content to suit their age, social status and location
Set a budget. Using a number of different advertising platforms may cost you money, but setting a budget is important, as it can help with choosing the most effective mediums to match your budget.
Legal protection covers various scenarios and ensures you and your business are covered
Planning for success: how to run a more efficient business
Dealing with Late Payments
How to avoid late payments