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.
Businesses and staff have to work flexibly to accommodate the unpredictable demands of the industry. Being prepared for any situation is key, this could include recruiting and employing extra staff.
Research by Sheffield Hallam University shows the market for seasonal staff is growing year on year. Between 1998/2000 and 2006/2008 the number of staff employed seasonally rose by over 14,000.
The main benefit of seasonal work for employees is the flexibility it offers. Many recruits choose to work season to season, contracts are flexible, it allows a varied lifestyle and workers have the opportunity to explore other interests.
Businesses often employ seasonal workers to maintain the best service possible under extremely busy circumstances. It avoids being overstaffed in the low season and temporary recruits can also help resolve staffing issues caused by sickness, holidays or maternity leave.
Whenever you employ seasonal staff, you must make sure you have a contract in place. You must be extremely clear about what role is being offered, and include all conditions and stipulations.
You will also have to make sure individual employees are aware of the notice specifications. This avoids any confusion and unnecessary hassle in the future.
Seasonal or fixed-term contract workers are allotted the exact same working conditions and benefits as permanent staff. They’re entitled to the same working hours, pay, and holiday as other staff. You should make certain that all staff, including fixed-term workers, are aware of their rights and duties.
They should also receive information relevant to permanent vacancies in your organisation, and what the process is in the case of redundancy.
There’s only one key element that you must remember when hiring temporary staff: select them carefully.
Just because you’re hiring staff on a temporary basis does not mean you should hire anyone who applies for the job. Make certain they have the skills and attributes you would require from a full-time member of staff.
In order to prepare your business effectively, it’s wise to perform interviews with possible candidates in advance of your busy season.
Working in a high-pressured environment, such as the hospitality industry, doesn’t allow for a lot of spare time for interviews, so planning ahead helps. Doing so means trial-shifts can take place earlier and you can make a sound-assessment of the individual.
You may regret leaving recruitment to the last minute, and it could end up costing you more money due to an unproductive workforce.
Ensure your permanent staff understand why temporary workers have been employed. Keeping everybody informed allows permanent employees to feel valued. To ensure seasonal staff remain motivated and productive you could think about offering:
Use these tools to build a positive environment and increase loyalty from staff.
Fixed-term workers are a fantastic resource, especially for filling in the gaps during peak times.
There are multiple ways in which we can support you as an FSB member.
If you’re currently an FSB member, take a look at the above pages to see how you could benefit from the services.
If you own a small business, then you can sign up for FSB membership here. Come and join our growing small business community on twitter, @FSB_Voice!
A wealth of important information and advice, available online in-case you face dismissal or discrimination claims and employment tribunals.