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 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 many people, one of the ultimate goals of building a business is to sell it for the maximum price. If this is your aim, early planning will ensure you have the right structures and processes in place to maximise success. You may have a timeline in mind, but market conditions – financial climate, potential buyer profiles and market trends – generally dictate timing, so you need to be prepared for when the moment is right.
There are three key factors in achieving a successful exit: planning, preparation and above all patience.
To ensure your business is attractive to potential purchasers, you need to pay attention to brand and reputation; sales and clients; processes, procedures and infrastructure; and profit and cash flow.
Although historic accounting facts are important, the keys to price are current profitability, future earnings and potential risks arising from change of ownership, such as loss of customers. A business that relies on a small number of clients can be considered high risk and, therefore, less valuable.
Spend time improving profitability, minimising risk and working on future earnings forecasts. Review every facet of your company and address any problems that could devalue the business, from an outstanding VAT enquiry to an employment tribunal. Carry out internal due diligence and resolve any issues.
Look closely at your ownership. Many people assume they will only have to pay a rate of capital gains tax of 10%, as entrepreneur’s relief will apply, but shares in trading companies can be tainted for entrepreneur’s relief purposes by substantial non-trading activities such as owning investment properties or active management of surplus cash, and these may need to be stripped out.
Consider share ownership: for example, a shareholding spouse who does not work in the business will not be entitled to entrepreneur’s relief and a multiple shareholder base (particularly where some are no longer involved in the business) can affect your ability to react to changes and ultimately to negotiate a sale.
The most important factor is patience. It is vital to operate the business as if it was not for sale, and to understand that many deals fall through. Generally, the more prepared your business is for sale, the faster it will sell and, if it doesn’t, the less impact the process will have on day-to-day operations.
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