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.
Accessing finance is essential for small firms to invest and grow.
Adult education is extremely important; it provides adults of all ages with skills and confidence they need to succeed in the larger business world.
We’re calling for politicians to now deliver the expansion without further delay. This will avoid putting the long-term economic health of the UK at risk.
When the banks fail to lend, small businesses will often have to source finance from alternative channels.
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 provision is a commercial necessity.
One of our key objectives is getting young people interested in business and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
An independent study that has been designed to share real small and medium business banking experiences online to provide insight into the best banking institutions.
We believe UK small businesses should not be burdened by an expensive, inflexible and unfair tax.
Disruption to staff, customers, supplies, utilities and transport are the most frequent problems for small firms during severe weather events.
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 move to a low carbon economy has become an economic imperative and heavily influenced by the large number of small businesses in the UK.
We believe members of collecting societies have the right to adequate remuneration for the use of their copyright.
As devolution changes how the UK is governed, we need to ensure that the voice of small businesses is heard in the debate.
The FSB wants to make the labour market more efficient, flexible and fair for small businesses.
Business crime affects all businesses but because they can’t as easily absorb the cost.
All businesses, large and small, are engaged in implementing appropriate prevention measures in their business to protect themselves from cyber threats.
Data Protection rules for member countries of the European Union are currently being modernised.
The FSB is working with the National Apprenticeship Service to build better engagement between schools, colleges and small businesses.
Employment laws regulate the relationship between an employer and a worker and are enforced by Employment Tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland.
Rather than introduce new laws for small firms to comply with, we asked policy makers to instead raise awareness and improve existing legislation.
We’re calling for a balanced approach to the introduction of any changes to Health and Safety Strategy in the EU.
Our latest research shows there’s still a great need from small businesses, for neutral and accessible information about the EU.
REACH is the way in which the EU regulates the use of chemicals in Europe.
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.
Although a contentious issue, balancing the opposing views we cautiously support attempts to research the economic benefits and costs of fracking and better understand the technology.
Keeping fuel duty in check is key to small business growth in the UK and our members are often hard hit by rising costs.
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.
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.
An ‘embedded swap' or ‘tailored business loan' is different from an ordinary swap as it looks like a normal fixed rate loan, but incurs high break fees if interest rates fall.
Small businesses struggle without funds in place and late payers pose a bigger problem for small firms cash flow.
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.
We want all small businesses to become digitally connected through mobile services. We’re committed to better promoting the need for small firms.
High parking charges have a negative impact. As no two high streets are the same, we want parking strategies to be long-term and inclusive.
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.
The FSB has fought to secure fairer rents and profits for tenants of pubs. We are a key player in the debate on unfair practice of Pubco.
The Government must deliver investment in a well-organised and integrated transport infrastructure. A fully functioning and fit for purpose rail network will help rebalance the economy.
We want the Government’s economic and infrastructure plans to explicitly support every nation and region in the UK.
Regulatory reform can cost small firms thousands of pounds a year, small businesses need to be taken into account.
Almost half of our members say the poor state of the UK’s roads costs them up to £2,500 a year.
While the FSB agrees that road safety is paramount, we are concerned with the burdens placed on small business that must adhere to the measures.
Closing the gap between rural and urban businesses is important for economic growth. We want the UK rural economy to be revitalised.
Workers are looking for flexibility, especially women and older people are increasingly turning to self-employment.
We want to see a Single Market that has clear and comprehensive rules on consumer-rights, e-commerce, data protection and Online Dispute Resolution across the EU.
Employers not only want educated young adults, but practical and forward thinking too. Relevant, high-quality work experience with local businesses should be offered to pupils.
The Small Business Confidence Index allows us to see how businesses feel about capacity levels, employment, revenues, and the confidence of small firms.
Whether contacting customers, suppliers, or even staff, the internet allows small firms greater flexibility and competition in a global market.
We want small businesses to expand and easily tap into the 500 million consumers within the EU.
The UK tax system is overly complex and many small firms fall foul of legislation and excess red tape.
We want small businesses to make informed decisions about finding the best energy deal to drive down their costs while reducing their energy use.
Whether in urban centres or remote coastal communities, tourism plays a key role in the economy across the UK. Dominated by small firms, we need to ensure that the right support is available to businesses to make the most of opportunities.
Town centres are at the heart of communities but we need to reduce barriers which prevent more businesses and consumers from using our high streets.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement between the EU and the US.
From 2015, UK businesses selling or providing digital services to the EU country other than the UK will have to account for VAT differently.
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.
Small businesses need convenient and cost-effective ways to manage their waste, backed up by a supportive regulatory regime.
We believe small businesses should be able to choose the best deal for their water supply, on price but also on additional services.
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