About the FSB
The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Its lobbying arm - led by the Westminster Press and Parliamentary office - applies pressure on MPs, Government and Whitehall and puts the FSB viewpoint over to the media. The FSB also has Press and Parliamentary Offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast to lobby the devolved assemblies. Development Managers influence regionally.
Alongside this, the FSB provides business service benefits to members, including a 24 hour legal advice line and free business banking.
Small businesses believe that a lack of consumer confidence will pose a significant challenge to their business in the coming 12 months, according to the latest findings of a the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) snap poll as it revives its Keep Trade Local campaign.
Small businesses must now seize the Chancellor’s wide ranging package of measures to support the economy.
Many FSB members that own butchers shops have reported a dramatic increase in sales following the discovery of horsemeat in some UK food products. The FSB now wants consumers to shop in their independent retailers and has re-launched its Keep Trade Local campaign to highlight the importance of small firms to the local community. Read the press release and coverage on the Huffington Post. The FSB is encouraging people to send images of them using independent retailers on Twitter and Facebook, and is hosting the images on Tumblr. Read more small business news here.
Following the publication of the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) pilot study showing that around 90 per cent of firms had been mis-sold complex financial products, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has put a process in place which aims to deliver help and advice to those firms affected.
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The Chancellor and the Business Secretary will both speak to guests tonight (5 February) at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Annual Chairman’s Dinner. In his final speech as National Chairman, John Walker will tell delegates that during what has been a momentous week for the banking sector that he is pleased reforms to the banking sector seem to be moving in the right direction.