We work with policy makers and politicians at every level, across the UK and Europe. We raise awareness of the issues affecting our members’ businesses and campaign for changes in the law on these issues.
Exporting isn’t just big businesses putting goods on a ship and sending them around the world. There are thousands of small businesses in the UK that are going global and exporting. From designers to vegan pet food producers to architects! These are the real exporting stories of the UK!
FSB shines a light on some of the inspirational veteran-entrepreneurs in Britain, as well as the opportunities for small business owners to utilise the great skill set of veterans as employees. Fascinating insights and key recommendations are set out to both stimulate veteran entrepreneurship and to help smaller firms reap the benefits of employing service leavers.
The debate about the UK’s relationship with Europe is set to continue with the UK’s participation in the 2019 European Parliament elections. Irrespective of what happens in the coming months, it is vital that the small business voice is heard in Brussels. Ahead of the elections on 23 May, here is our small business plan for Europe to help Europe’s 23.8 million small businesses grow and flourish.
Poor payment practice is an epidemic plaguing far too many small businesses in the UK. The damaging impact of such practices was brutally exposed after the collapse of Carillion. Unreasonable payment terms, supply chain bullying and late payments are just some of the ways that some big businesses use their dominant position to squeeze suppliers.
So much of what we used to do in person – whether shopping, booking travel or filing your annual tax return is now done online. Now, as part of efforts to move the UK away from paper-based book keeping, the government wants businesses to use digital methods to record their transactions and upload them to HMRC's system. It comes into force in April 2019.
Mental health is a huge challenge for society. Government, business owners, and each of us as individuals can work together to help destigmatise mental health and create an open environment where we can all talk about, and take care of, each other’s mental health. FSB wants to support you achieve this and hope that this information empower you to learn more about mental health, your role in challenging stigmas, and that it’s OK to talk about mental health in your business.
The traditional high street is changing. Small retailers in particular, are facing a perfect storm of spiralling business rates and ever-increasing rents. On top of this, high parking charges, poor infrastructure and the loss of vital banking services, have added to the woes of small businesses.
The UK has seen huge changes to the world of work in the last decade, one of the biggest shifts has been the rise in the number of people of people who have decided to strike out on their own and move into self-employment. With the 4.8 million self-employed representing 15% of the workforce, and contributing over £270 billion to the UK economy, it is a group that is here to stay.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week FSB raises the volume of its conversation about mental health and how important it is for the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses. We hope you join in on the conversation.
FSB and the consumer association Which? have joined forces on a new campaign aimed at protecting access to cash across the UK. The #Freedom2Pay campaign marks the next stage of our successful #SaveOurCashpoints initiative. Click below to find out more and get involved.
Taking care of wellbeing can have positive effects on both health and productivity. We want to encourage the conversation about wellbeing amongst the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses. FSB welcomes you to the wellbeing conversation. We hope you will share your stories with #FSBwellbeing.
With less than 100 days to go before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, it is vital that small businesses understand what is coming and start preparing. FSB is here to help and hopes that our campaign helps you #FSBeDataReady.
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This campaign aims to boost the number of female entrepreneurs by raising the visibility of women role models over International Women’s Day (IWD). One hundred women FSB members share their wealth of advice with women all over the world. The campaign is complemented by a number of FSB IWD events across the UK.