We campaign on behalf of our members to the politicians sitting in local authorities, the Devolved Parliaments, Westminster and Brussels. Our policy, press and public affairs teams lobby on the issues important to our members.
Successful businesses recognise the value of investing and training apprentices. The current recruitment and assessment system turns many small firms away from hiring an apprentice.
Over 1200 communities have lost all their banks, and hundreds more will do so in the next 5 years. The economic cost and inconvenience to small businesses of branch closures is considerable.
Since the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, FSB has undertaken a comprehensive research programme to analyse the potential opportunities and risks of Brexit.
Small firms and entrepreneurs are increasingly aware that access to high-quality broadband and mobile communication provision is a commercial necessity.
We believe UK small businesses should not be burdened by an expensive, inflexible and unfair tax.
We believe a long-term and coordinated approach to business support will result in better services and consequently, more energised and high-performing small businesses.
Supporting businesses in Wales by working with the relevant Regulatory and Supporting Agencies.
The way that the UK generates, distributes and manages energy is facing a huge transformation as we seek to move to a more sustainable energy system and meet our 2050 carbon reduction targets.
Business crime affects all businesses but because they can’t as easily absorb the cost.
Data Protection rules for member countries of the European Union are currently being modernised.
Adult education is extremely important; it provides adults of all ages with skills and confidence they need to succeed in the larger business world.
The introduction of the Employment Allowance has been welcomed by small firms, who say they will use the tax savings to raise wages and invest in their businesses.
The FSB believes inclusivity is at the core of who we are.
FSB Health & Safety online is a dedicated resource destination for advice and news with regularly updated documents written by Health and Safety experts.
Supporting small house builders is essential to addressing the housing crisis. We want to work with the Government to remove the barriers facing small house builders.
We believe that the rate of diffusion of innovation is not high enough in the UK economy and is one of the causes of low productivity.
Intellectual Property is extremely important to you and your business, that's why we have lobbied to make sure any claims of theft are taken seriously.
Small businesses struggle without funds in place and late payers pose a bigger problem for small firms cash flow.
A poor local environment can have a drastic negative impact on health and wellbeing, as well as the profitability of businesses.
FSB recognises the significant potential Making Tax Digital has for some small businesses – particularly around digital tax accounts. However, since it was announced in 2015, we have actively engaged with HMRC to communicate our key concerns around the proposals, including on mandatory quarterly tax reporting.
Changes to workplace pension law means that from 2017, all employers will have to enrol each member of staff between 22 and pension state pension age in the scheme.
We want a third of all public sector contracts awarded to small businesses. The Government should re-think the current approach of grouping contracts together.
Regulatory reform can cost small firms thousands of pounds a year, small businesses need to be taken into account.
Workers are looking for flexibility, especially women and older people are increasingly turning to self-employment.
The Small Business Confidence Index allows us to see how businesses feel about capacity levels, employment, revenues, and the confidence of small firms.
We want small businesses to make informed decisions about finding the best energy deal to drive down their costs while reducing their energy use.
The UK tax system is overly complex and many small firms fall foul of legislation and excess red tape.
Businesses often look to new markets overseas to expand their business, so it is important that these businesses are given the best chance to export.
Road, rail and aviation must be integrated and well-organised so that small businesses can benefit from increased investment in transport infrastructure.
Looking at the untapped potential of Women in Enterprise in the UK.