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.
You’ve got the idea, done your research, and you’re rearing to go. Here are our tips to start your business in a way that makes you look like an old hand, building customer trust that you are in it for the long run and know what you’re doing right from the get go.
This may sound obvious, but your name has a lot to do with how your business is perceived. It will be on your premises, all your literature, your website, across social media.
Pick a name that suits your business personality. Don’t feel like it has to be funny, or serious. It has to be a name that’s appropriate for what you do, and memorable for your customers.
There are certain rules that apply to choosing a name for your business so double check and make sure you’re not picking something that will get you in trouble.
You need to pick a legal structure for your business and register it with HMRC. Most businesses register as a sole trader, which means you don’t have to register with Companies House. You can find out more about your responsibilities as a sole trader and the other options available here.
Make sure you’re aware of what rules apply to the type of business that you’re setting up. This applies to insurance, licensing, taking on staff and also if you’re selling goods online or abroad.
You should also check the rules for running your business from home and renting a property that you’ll use as a business premises.
Remember, if you’re and FSB member you have access to 24/7 legal advice and a legal document library with many of the most common documents available in downloadable PDF format.
Having a website is an essential part of running a business these days. Most people will go online first when looking for a new product or service, so make sure you can be found.
Even if you’re not 100% rerady to set up the whole site, make sure you register your domain name. Make it easy to remember and type into a mobile phone, too!
Sometimes it’s easy to be muli-passionate and start your business with too many feathers in your cap.
Remember, you will stand out more if you focus on just the one thing. Pick your speciality, and focus on doing it really well.
You need to know what you want to do, and what you need to do. Your business needs to be easy to understand and explain, so focus on getting it all down on one page.
Include the necessary detail but don’t get too carried away on things that may or may not happen.
Your plan needs to cover your:
Make sure you set a clear budget from the get go. You need to know what’s happening to your money at every step of the way so you can adjust course if necessary.
Be sure to plan for everything you know about and keep something aside for the unforeseen. Have a backup plan, too. If you need extra money, do you have an idea of how to get extra funding? How long it will take? Make this part of your planning process.
Starting your own business can be very exciting but also overwhelming. Make sure you set up a plan, stick to it as much as possible and you can be sure that you’ll start off with the least amount of chance that something will go awry.
We'll help you turn your business ideas into reality with our tailor made company formation package.
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