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.
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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.
One of the biggest challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is late payment from their clients. Late payment is a surprisingly common problem. According to a Yougov poll carried out recently, approximately 85% of SMEs are affected by late or non-payment of invoices. Figures published recently by Bacs Payment Schemes, a direct debit company, suggest that SMEs are owed in the region of £34.9 billion.
So how can SMEs minimise the issues caused by late payments?
Firstly, SMEs are encouraged to carry out checks before taking on new customers. Credit ratings can be obtained for a small fee through reference agencies such as Experian. These will provide business owners with a good idea as to how well the customer manages their own cash flow and whether they have defaulted on payments in the past.
All companies in the UK have a statutory right to charge interest on late payments. Currently, the rate of interest is set at the Bank of England base rate plus 8%. Companies experiencing problems with late payments are urged by the Federation of Small Businesses to exercise this right, especially for one-off orders. However, before running the risk of alienating regular or high-value customers, it can prove more productive in the long term to draw up a late-payment reminder letter. Often this is all that is required to prompt payment of the invoice.
In cases where payment remains outstanding, a second letter, followed by a letter before action, may be sent out. Legal proceedings can then be commenced for debt collection and enforcement.
Avoid the common excuses such as ‘invoice not received' and ‘the cheque is in the post' by using online facilities to send and track invoices and payments and move away from accepting cheques and cash.
Using alternative methods, such as FSB Card Payment Processing, can help SMEs carry out credit and debit card payments securely through their website, on the shop floor, over the telephone or using a smartphone or tablet device. For companies that travel around as part of their business, using a FSB Mobile Card Payment Terminal is also an effective solution, enabling fast, safe and secure payment without the need for a telephone line.
Legal protection covers various scenarios and ensures you and your business are covered