Feb10 Fsb Evening

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A comprehensive overview of how bsuiensses can benefit from FSB membership

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Feb10 Fsb Evening

  1. 1. Federation of Small Businesses “ The UK’s Leading Business Organisation” Presented by Maree Atkinson Business Adviser FSB Herts
  2. 2. Why does the FSB exist? <ul><li>“ To promote and protect those who manage or own their own businesses” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who is the Federation of Small Businesses? <ul><li>Largest business organisation in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>213,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Circa 5000 in Herts </li></ul><ul><li>30% new members come from your referrals – thank you ! </li></ul><ul><li>Fantastic buying power - Non profit making </li></ul><ul><li>Represent all professions </li></ul><ul><li>1 – 200 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Major lobbying organisation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lobbying activities <ul><li>Keep Trade Local campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Deferment of business rates increase </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Small Business Rate relief </li></ul><ul><li>Crack down on late payers </li></ul><ul><li>Small Business Survival Package </li></ul>
  5. 5. My role <ul><li>Get to know local businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Meet around 500 businesses a year </li></ul><ul><li>Find out their frustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Work with other organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Business Link, Universities, Local Authorities, Enterprise Agencies and more </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the support the FSB provides </li></ul>
  6. 6. Variety of cost effective events <ul><li>FSB Herts and Beds Business awards </li></ul><ul><li>£21k free advertising for winner in Herts </li></ul><ul><li>Informal evening events – pubs and clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Dinners – 22 March </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions and topical training </li></ul><ul><li>Silverstone, House of Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Wembley Football Stadium </li></ul><ul><li>And you never know who you’ll meet ! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of being part of the FSB <ul><li>Some evidence members stay in business longer </li></ul><ul><li>Legal support </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Law </li></ul><ul><li>Tax advice and representation </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to save money </li></ul><ul><li>Covers more than one business </li></ul><ul><li>The Voice of Small Businesses </li></ul>
  8. 8. Legal Benefits Package <ul><li>24 hour – 365 days </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited calls </li></ul><ul><li>Team of 50 lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>3000 calls a week </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to queries with 1 hour </li></ul><ul><li>200 free legal documents </li></ul><ul><li>Variety specialists </li></ul>
  9. 9. Legal Benefits Package <ul><li>Protection up to £50k </li></ul><ul><li>examples of support but much more ! </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Chasing bad payers </li></ul><ul><li>Terms and conditions, Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Power of the FSB logo </li></ul>
  10. 10. Employment Law <ul><li>All employment lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>24 / 7 support </li></ul><ul><li>Taking on staff </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts , T/Cs, maternity, apprenticeships, minimum pay, holiday entitlements </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary matters, dismissals and tribunals </li></ul><ul><li>Shareholders and partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Freelancers and sub contractors </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancies and shorter working weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Snow days ! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Tax advice and representation <ul><li>1000s accountants belong to FSB </li></ul><ul><li>Start up advice, limited companies, partnerships, sole traders, tax returns </li></ul><ul><li>Tax investigation support </li></ul><ul><li>All used to work for HMRC </li></ul><ul><li>HMRC cash flow issues </li></ul><ul><li>£8 billion less tax in Jan 09 : Jan 08 </li></ul><ul><li>National debt - £870 billion </li></ul><ul><li>21 months and £5000 (average cost) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Saving money through the FSB’s buying power <ul><li>Free business banking FOR LIFE </li></ul><ul><li>Taking plastic (credit cards) through the FSB </li></ul><ul><li>- no set up fee for a card machine </li></ul><ul><li>- reduced transaction costs and rentals </li></ul><ul><li>- take more money, safer, meet customers </li></ul><ul><li>expectations </li></ul><ul><li>E commerce and completely mobile machines </li></ul>
  13. 13. Saving money through the FSB’s buying power <ul><li>Advice and Reduced rates on insurances </li></ul><ul><li>- Public liability, PI, goods in transit </li></ul><ul><li>employee, product liability and more </li></ul><ul><li>No fee to install a telephone line </li></ul><ul><li>Private health care, pension advice, factoring </li></ul><ul><li>FSB Care </li></ul><ul><li>FSB Fuel card </li></ul>
  14. 14. £ - 690 =£ 19233 £ - 250 = £ 6401 £ 250 £ 5974 Cost FSB membership Net savings £ 19923 £ 6641 £ 5724 £ 12165 Total £ 9900 £ 3300 000 £ 275 / month ( 3 year contract) £ 3300 / year Employment Law and H/S £ 648 £ 216 £ 624 £ 840 / year Health Cover £ 675 £ 225 000 £225 / year HMRC investigation insurance £ 450 £ 150 £1250 £1400 / year Telephone £ 2100 £ 700 £2900 £3600 / year Insurance £ 2550 £ 850 £950 £1800 / year Merchant account £ 3600 £ 1200 000 £1200 / year Business Banking Potential Savings over 3 years Savings in year 1 Cost in first year of FSB membership Before joining Area of expenditure
  15. 15. And there’s more <ul><li>Jury service compensation - £ 100 / day </li></ul><ul><li>Covers private life </li></ul><ul><li>Entry on FSB’s website of members </li></ul><ul><li>National and regional magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Local advisers on hand </li></ul><ul><li>Peace of mind </li></ul>
  16. 16. The membership fees based on number of employees <ul><li>Single person business - £120 a year </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 4 staff - £170 </li></ul><ul><li>5 - 10 - £220 </li></ul><ul><li>11- 20 - £270 </li></ul><ul><li>100- 150 staff - £870 </li></ul><ul><li>+ £30 joining fee in just first year </li></ul><ul><li>Associate membership - £50 </li></ul><ul><li>Who in their right mind wouldn’t join? </li></ul><ul><li>“ it’s a lifebelt for businesses” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank you for listening <ul><li>Any questions please ? </li></ul><ul><li>Maree Atkinson </li></ul><ul><li>077364 71568 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.fsb.org.uk </li></ul>

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