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.
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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.'
'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.'
'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.'
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 an introductory price of £99 in the first year.
Independent retailers, Libby Butler Jewellers, have been providing unique jewellery from their dog-friendly shop, in the award-winning North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley since 2009.
FSB Member of seven years, Carolyn Frank and partner Andy bought their business after they both decided to call time on their successful careers working for large, multinational companies.
Carolyn who has a degree is in International Business and Modern Languages takes up the story, “I wanted to be my own boss and felt that owning a business would give me a good work life balance.
After working in Europe for many years, I hit 30 and was fed up of travelling and wanted to put down some roots where I was born and brought up.”
The North Yorkshire entrepreneurs’ plan came together whilst on downtime from their jobs, as Carolyn explains, “my partner Andy and I were having a coffee in Helmsley, when we saw the shop was up for sale. Within three months we had successfully applied for a business loan and bought it and just like that, we were small business owners!”
Over the last seven years, Carolyn and Andy have built a successful, vibrant and popular business, selling jewellery and designer watches sourced from UK and international designers, many of them who produce their unique products in the UK by hand. With 70 percent of their trade being local and 30 percent from tourism.
When it came to getting the business up and running, Carolyn was able to draw upon advice and supportive from her family and friends, even though most were surprised that the couple wanted to take the risk, as they both had good careers.
Part of the advice passed on by Carolyn’s parents was to join FSB, as they had been FSB members for over 25 years, running successful pubs, so were able to guide Carolyn and Andy through the transition from employees, to business owners.
Carolyn, “I was aware of some of the support FSB offered and when we saw the substantial savings we could make by using member benefit Card Payment Processing for our new shop. That sealed the deal."
Carolyn continues, “I now realise I had no idea of the many benefits FSB offers its members. As a member for seven years now, I have become aware of just how important the FSB is for small businesses, not just for their business support and member deals, but their lobbying too, they really are a great ‘back office’ for a micro business like ours.
"I feel they are looking out for small businesses in a way no-one else does."
Like over 148,000 members in 2015, Carolyn has used her membership to ensure she was on the right side of the law by calling the legal advice line, “I called the legal advice line just to reassure myself that we are applying consumer law correctly - it can be difficult to keep up with new legislation, but it’s a real weight off my mind that there is someone on the end of the phone who can help advise me quickly when I need it most.”
FSB’s website has over 200 factsheets and in excess of 500 legal documents to choose from, covering all the key legal, personnel, tax and health and safety issues that you might encounter when setting up and running your business.
As part of her membership, Carolyn is involved in FSB’s unique, online research community, Big Voice, where our members can have their say on behalf of small businesses across the UK. It keeps members up to speed with current political issues around small business and the research results are used by Senior politicians, Government Ministers and the Bank of England to help shape their work and policies.
Starting your own business can be daunting and Carolyn was keen to give advice for would be business owners. “Don’t worry that you don’t know everything - and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
No-one knows all the answers, there’s a big difference running your own business to working for other companies, where you have the back up of on IT department, HR and finance, but there is help out there, especially if you are an FSB member!
Also to keep on learning - don’t stop training, seek out good quality courses and become a specialist in your field.”
"There are lots of demands on your time as a small business owner, but your business will definitely benefit. Collaborating with other business helps form a great network for you, so spending the time to get involved is worth it!”
Carolyn adds, “I advise members to not just think about what the FSB can do for them, but what they can offer to other members, or the organisation. Get involved in your region, or via Big Voice. You’ll will get more from your membership if you are engaged.”
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