FSB Business Support

FSB Business Support

by Mark Durant

Offering a wide range of services, the Federation of Small Businesses actively supports local companies. Read on to see if your business could benefit from becoming a member.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is very active in West Sussex and has many decision maker friends. Led by Ann Swain, FSB West Sussex Policy Chairman, the FSB has a seat at many of the steering groups and partnerships and is a big influencer on many local issues. These include improving broadband coverage in rural areas, ensuring proper funding for improvements to the A27, lobbying for a reliable, effective railway service, supporting Gatwick Airport and Coast to Capital initiatives, particularly in the Gatwick Diamond, Coastal West Sussex and Rural West Sussex areas.

The FSB is also active in promoting higher level apprenticeships and over the last three years has sponsored the West Sussex Apprentices Graduation Ceremony in Chichester. It has also been raising awareness of the need for the provision of IT training schemes to meet the needs of our leading edge technology focussed small businesses to ensure a healthy forward looking economy in the county. The FSB’s mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, the FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political membership organisation. The FSB offers its members a wide range of relevant business services including legal advice, online legal documents, insurance cover, tax investigation protection, health and safety advice, cyber protection and business banking. The most recent addition to the member benefits package is a debt recovery service.

The FSB not only provides excellent membership benefits, but is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change that supports small businesses to grow and succeed. The lobbying arm has a team in Westminster that regularly sits down with government ministers and opposition parties to discuss UK and English policy issues.

The FSB also provides networking opportunities at various local events, often with speakers providing presentations on important issues and regulatory changes affecting businesses. Current plans include a members meeting with Coast2Capital LEP, a meeting for coastal members on the improvements needed to the A27 and briefings on the implications of the new GDPR (Data Protection Regulations) for small businesses.

For more information and how to join, contact Mark Durant, FSB Membership Advisor on 07825 429428, or write to him at mark.durant@fsb.org.uk

To contact Ann Swain email ann@horsham.co.uk