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.
'Within a few weeks of joining we'd taken advantage of FSB’s Online Legal Documents. We started a graduate programme and access to these documents gave us an understanding of the legal side, and has helped us to create a number of processes and procedures.'
'When we first took on a member of staff, we used the online legal document template library. FSB does more important stuff than you think it does, there are lots of member benefits, probably more than we actually use.'
'Having somebody like FSB behind you is fantastic. There is a whole team behind the organisations, whatever is required: support, advice, finance, you know that you’re not alone, you’ve got FSB.'
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.
Starting a business takes a lot of planning, and a lot of hard work. You have to adjust course as you progress and once you open your doors, literally or figuratively, you can exhale and take in the moment. Appreciate the magnitude of what you’ve accomplished just by being able to say: I run my own business.
Don’t sit back in contentment for too long, though. Remember, “Fail to plan and you plan to fail” is not just some nice words printed over tranquil lake shore scenes on motivational posters. You really do need to have at least a basic idea of where you see yourself, and your business, in the future. Here are our tips to get you started on mapping a future for your business.
A business plan is exactly what it says. It’s your plan for what you will do, when, how and who else you might need to help you. It may seem like a huge undertaking, but if you take it step by step and tackle one aspect at a time, you’ll soon have at least a working outline you can expand on later. Focus on finances, opportunities, analyse your competition, your customers, and pay attention to detail.
Being in business comes with many risks, too. It’s easy to miss all of the possibilities and of course you can’t possibly anticipate every eventuality. Just put on your most gloomy hat and try and analyse the potential risks to your business. The FSB can ease some of the burden. As a member, you are entitled to legal and tax protection and advice, health and safety and employment law advice and legal documents, all included in your membership. You also have access to experts in insurance, card payment systems and pensions. All things you need to consider when you are the one making all the decisions that will help your business thrive.
Make sure you have a timeline. “One day” is likely to become never unless you set a specific date by which you either accomplish the set goal. Or review it. Things change constantly, so it’s perfectly fine to find that what you thought to be a great idea is now a fruitless enterprise 6 months later. Reset, and chart a new course. Setting a deadline forces you to review your progress and make changes before it’s too late.
Very few people land in business fully formed. Chances are that you are an unknown in your field. That means you have to build up your reputation. Getting a customer to abandon their current supplier to do business with you is a tough job, and unfortunately there are no shortcuts. Start by getting your name out there. If you use social media, comment on posts from people who already have a following. Post handy tips for your trade, regardless of what it is. Offer a free taster service. Go to networking events in your area. Most importantly, be consistent in your service. When customers recommend you, you want to make sure that you provide the same excellent service that earned you hat recommendation.
Starting a business and keeping it going requires time and effort. The fact that you are in business for yourself singles you out as someone not afraid of that work. And the FSB will support you every step of the way.
This gives you access to a range of services to help you find new customers, build profile and deliver high quality integrated marketing campaigns.
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