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.
'I just felt wow, I want to be part of this organisation so I joined.'
'Having someone there like the FSB who you can just call on for those other things you’re not quite sure on, it’s been invaluable.'
'What you can save by taking up some of the membership offers will save you your membership fee.'
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.
More Member Stories
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.
Running a small business can be an incredibly rewarding endeavour. The journey from idea to fruition comes with its own hurdles and you might think that getting your doors, literal or proverbial open, means you’re all set. But there are some things you only find out once you’re on the go.
You might feel, especially at the beginning, that you have to take everything that comes your way to establish yourself and get some much needed income. That’s not strictly true, though. No matter how long you have been in business. The work you do is ultimately up to you. If you genuinely can’t see eye to eye with a customer, or you don’t have a clear slot to take on more work and you’re already wondering how to explain to your significant other that you might not be able to go away for the whole family holiday, then you need to reconsider the value of the work.
If you’re building a new brand, you also need to make sure that your work aligns with your brand values and the image you want to create for your business. Doing something that doesn’t fit with you brand identity can have a negative impact on your business and it isn’t worth risking a solid brand for one job.
You are allowed to turn jobs down. Perhaps you can recommend one of your peers, thereby saving yourself a difficult situation and sending business someone else’s way. Your work has to sit well with your core values, not infringe on other work significantly enough to interfere with quality, and it must never negatively impact on your personal life.
You expect everything to be rocky sometimes, and you expect to be happy when you score yourself a big contract. But no one ever tells you exactly how intense the emotional roller coaster can be.
You might find yourself at the extreme ends of the emotional scale, from being so happy you are fit to burst, to feeling as if you are never going to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Knocks to your confidence can also weedle their way into your mind only to ambush you later on when you are least prepared for it.
Having a strong support network behind you will help a lot during these emotional extremes. Make sure you maintain close relationships with your family and friends, and you can be sure to count on them when you hit those bumps in the road and when you just want to share your happiness with those who matter.
There is famously a theory out there that has something to do with a 4 hour work week. This is an incredibly unlikely scenario, especially when you’re just starting out or when you take on a rally big project.
There really are no shortcuts you will need to put in the hard graft yourself. Unpredictable hours, unforeseen circumstances, good or bad, they all contribute to make running your own business a very hard job.
Make sure you’re prepared for that and get your ducks in a row, ready to deal with any eventuality.
This sounds obvious but it bears mentioning anyway: just because it worked for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
You can follow the exact steps someone else did and you may never achieve the spectacular success they did.
Just like we are all individuals, every business operates under different circumstances. Use great ideas you see implemented by others, but don’t try and base your expectations off what worked for someone else.
Your first idea isn’t necessarily your best one. You will also realise as the business grows what you are best at.
Focus on what you do exceptionally well, rather than trying to cater to several small niche areas and diluting your efforts at all of them in the process.
You may also come to a point and realize that this isn’t what you want to be doing at all. Your interests and skills change and you suddenly find that you’d rather do something else.
That’s perfectly acceptable. You are allowed to change your mind.
Another fairly obvious one but it’s really all your problem. Everything that goes right, and wrong, is up to you to deal with.
Things might happen that you genuinely, despite the best planning in the world, never saw coming.
Even if you don’t have exact specifications, make sure you have a rough idea of what to do and where to go for help and advice if something does go a bit wrong.
FSB MEMBER BENEFITS
It just does. I can start sprinkling round quotes about how everything worth having takes time, but I won’t.
Sometimes you may think that there is just never going to be an end to the hundreds of things you need to do.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not a resounding success after two weeks or you’re still trying to sort out details on a potential deal. You will get there, but you have to be patient.
Just like when you decide to buy your first car, or when you buy a house or have a baby, you’ll find that when you start a business everyone’s an expert.
Take this with a pinch of salt. Advice from anyone other than someone who does in fact run a very successful business is just that: advice. You definitely don’t have to take on everyone’s contributions.
Sometimes you hit the jackpot early on and you imagine that’s how it will always be. And you never know, it just might. You could well be the next big thing.
But don’t feel too bad if that’s not the case. It’s often pure good fortune that leads to an early win. Don’t beat yourself up if that same level of success doesn’t repeat itself again for a while. The important thing is to keep at it, stay consistent and continue to do your best work on every job, big or small.
This is a big one and comes full circle to that rollercoaster ride again. Being in business is an unpredictable old thing. You just never know what’s going to happen next.
Don’t try and have a white-knuckled grip on everything. Some things are just beyond your control, and even if you have an exact system for everything, sometimes things happen that you never saw coming.
Events outside your business can very easily influence how well, or poorly, you’re doing. Learn to roll with the punches and build u some resilience. Being flexible and adaptable means you’ll sustain a lot less damage in stormy times.