Running your own business means you have to be an expert not only in your own field, but also in marketing, social media, accounting, HR - the list goes on!
We have created the FSB skills hub to support you with the resources you need to ensure business continuity in the immdiate future and for the longer term.
Find answers to your legal questions, demystify the digital world, build a robust business model and unlock the potential of your FSB membership.
Get to grips with Digital Marketing
The challenge is on to sustain productivity despite unforeseen restrictions. Together with social media experts Be More Social we have worked to create a series of resources allowing small business owners and the self-employed to take control and discover how to choose the best social channel for their business, get started with digital marketing and manage it like a pro.
Watch videos, read guides and complete tasks to improve your knowledge in our dedicated hub.
Find our which social media platform suits your business best and how to set one up with our full guide.
Learn how to turn a negative into a positive with our seven strategies to help you manage negative comments like a pro.
Take control of your late payments
It doesn’t matter if you are an employee, a small business owner or self-employed, everyone deserves to be paid on time. Our award winning Fair Pay, Fair Play campaign highlighted the issues poor payment practice caused buisnessses across the UK and called onthe Government to implement a three point plan to help protect small businesses from the scourge of late payments.
Although changes need to be made to payment practices, there are steps you can take to proactivley manage your invoices and recover money owed to you. Get started with our resources below before visiting our Legal Hub to find free tools including a late payment calculator and your DIY legal documents.
Learn how to get the groundwork done with our best practices guide to avoid late payments
Learn how to set boundaries around payment terms and keep on top of your invoices to avoid late payments
Learn about the legal action you can take and the FSB resources available to help you recover debts if all else fails
Get active and boost your productivity
Wellbeing may not seem like an important topic at the moment but being actively engaged in improving the health and wellbeing of your staff can help you build a strong, resilient workforce ready to face the challenges of the current climate and those that the future may bring. Boosting workplace wellbeing doesn't mean team marathons and salad Tuesdays, it can be a simple as walking while you make a phonecall or adding some activity into your daily commute.
Research from Sport England has shown 62% of adults currently consider exercise to be more important than ever and 65% of people believe exercise is helping with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UK's Chief Medical Officer has continually stressed the value of physical activity: “Anything that can be done to encourage and to allow people to take exercise is clearly a good thing”.
Taking steps to include daily physical activity and movement while reducing the sitting time of yourself and your employees contributes to a longer healthier life.
Adults spending eight hours a day sat at a desk are up to 60% more likely to die early from diseases such as cancer and heart disease. This risk is reduced with regular, moderate physical activity
Small businesses and sole traders can be hit hard by business interruption through illness and the costs this incurs
2019 research found that if the recommended physical activity guidelines were met globally, it could make employees up to 5 days more productive each year and boost the world economy by an estimated $100bn a year.
24.6% of adults in England are currently classed as inactive, this means over 11 million people are currently doing less than an average of 30 minutes activity a week.
Government Guidelines state that being active reduces your chances of Type II diabetes by 40%, cardiovascular disease by 35%, joint and back pain by 25%, colon and breast cancers by 20% and can reduce the risk of mental illness by 30%.
Research by CBRE showed that 80% of employees agree that a company’s culture will be crucial in recruiting and retaining them within the next 10 years.
Developing a wellness based culture doesn't need to be complex and expensive, simple solutions to encourage healthy behaviours such as boosting activity levels can positively impact on how your current and future employees perceive your organisation.
Sources: Sport England covid-19 Physical activity tracker | Government press briefing 15th April | The Lancet, July 2016 – physical activity series | Fitter bodies, fitter economies – Vitality and RAND, 2019. | Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey November 2018/19 Report, published April 2020 | Wellness in the workplace: Unlocking Future Performance – CBRE – occupier survey 2015 –2016
Squeeze some activity into your daily commute with our guide.
Download our guide to building activity into your working day.
Moving meetings held via phone allow you to catch up while talking a walk
Your questions and concerns, covered.
As an FSB member, you are part of a powerful network. Don’t hesitate to use it. Our FSB helpline services are operating as usual, always there to answer our member’s questions. Together, we are working hard to support your needs in challenging times. Below are just a few of the services available to you at no extra cost that you can take advantage of with a full list here.
FSB's funding platform matches you with the largest panel of business lenders in the UK.
FSB's legal hub provides online factsheets and documentation covering key legal, HR, tax and health and safety issues that you might encounter when running your business.
Specialist advice on how to plan for and deal with crisis situations
FSB members with a serious health condition have free access to a personal nurse - providing practical information and emotional support.
Legal protection covers various scenarios and offers you and your business a 24/7 legal advice line.
Providing a free insurance advice line, additional benefits and a full business insurance broking service. We’re supporting members come rain or shine.
Fast, flexible funding with no hidden repayment fees. Get funding tailored for your business and matched to your cash flow needs.
Blogs and Resources
Our resources can help you improve your business skills and discover new talents. From tips for networking like a pro to learning about managing health and safety in your premesis we've you covered. Read our latest blogs blow or explore all our resources.
Encourage your employees to get active and stay safe with the cycle to work scheme. Learn what it involves, the benefits of offering it and how you can make the most of it.
How can your small business prepare for a local lockdown? From PR planning to business continuity, learn the steps you can take to deal with a crisis.
Supporting firms to work within public sector supply chains.
Looking for our offers? We've moved them to our First Voice website. Visit First Voice for guides, events, special offers and downloads from businesses across the UK to help during the pandemic alongside digital content from our award winning magazine.