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Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s leading pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has more than 200,000 members across 33 regions and 230 branches.

Membership benefits include 24 hour assistance and support, while its lobbying arm applies pressure on MPs, Government and Whitehall, lobbies politicians in their constituencies and across the UK and in Brussels. 

John Walker, Federation of Small Businesses, said:

“Running a business is one of the hardest things you can do, but it is incredibly rewarding. Every year around half a million small businesses open in the UK – each one run by someone who has been inspired to take on the challenge of turning a business idea into a success. And with 99 per cent of all businesses being small and with half of the private sector being employed by these firms, each one of these businesses plays a crucial role in the country’s economy. Good advice is essential to avoid pitfalls and ensuring you’re on the fast-track to success. It is always good to know that others are in a similar situation and battling through the same problems. It is innovative businesses like yours that will grow the economy and put the country on a firm footing, so hopefully some of these hints and tips will help you to succeed.”  

How the FSB can help your business

Free to members:

Telephone helplines

Expert information and guidance

Legal assistance, business and personal, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Taxation: VAT; DSS; PAYE; Employment Law; Health and Safety; General Insurance.

(All available, usual working hours).

Legal and professional insurance of up to £1,000,000 to protect business activities against:

Inland Revenue investigations; VAT tribunals and appeals; Industrial tribunal costs;

Employment disputes; Statutory Sick Pay audits; PAYE audits.

Defence against prosecution in connection with:

Health and Safety at Work Act; Consumer Protection Act; Food Safety Act; Statutory Licenses;

Damage to Property; Data Protection Act; Personal Injury.

Jury Service:

Up to £100 per day for loss incurred by owner or an employee.

Membership fees:

£120 per year for a sole trader, then based on a sliding scale according to number of employees.

There is an initial £30 registration fee.


Tel: 01253 336000            



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