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.
'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.'
'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.'
'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.'
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.
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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.
Trying to understand the issues and the needs of the employee, as many members of FSB are doing already, is usually the right choice. When ignored, these sorts of problems can cause issues within the workplace, but if dealt with correctly, employees can be supported and kept from going on sickness leave, maintaining business productivity and saving you money.
Research has also shown that, if supported, employees often go on to become more motivated, engaged and loyal - factors that will be beneficial to any SME.
It is also worth remembering that under the Equality Act employees with mental health issues may be classed as disabled, meaning that it is necessary for you to be aware of relevant discrimination laws.
Honesty and openness will be key to achieving a successful outcome. You will need to initiate a friendly but honest conversation that can form the basis for establishing how much support your employee needs. You can then start formulating a plan of action.
Ensure that your employee understands that you want to help and that what they say will be kept confidential. Offer plenty of reassurance, and be pro-active in trying to find the best solutions, such as offering to make changes to their role if necessary.
It might also be a good time to look at your company's culture overall. Are you doing all you can to create a good environment for people to work in, one where support is freely available, or are there factors within your organisation that could be exacerbating problems with stress or depression, for example?
If an employee has been absent, try to agree to a good return plan, perhaps allowing them to build up their hours gradually. You should also try to stay as flexible as possible in terms of their working hours as they re-adjust back into the workplace, trying to combine the needs of your business with those of the individual.
It can be difficult if you're faced with an employee who is displaying signs of mental illness but is not accepting there is a problem or is not dealing with their issues. Try to create an environment where you can talk to them honestly and point them in the direction of their GP or to the Mind charity website, where there is a wide range of advice and tools available to help.
FSB members with a serious health condition have free access to a personal nurse adviser - providing practical information and emotional support.
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