The latest update from the FSB February 2012

I thought you business folk who follow my blogs might like to have a look at this weeks ‘update’ from the head office. As well as the networking there is a whole bunch of business support and events that you can get involved in. Have a read and see what you think. Rob


Week 05 of 2012        Friday 03 February 2012


Small firms need to be able to grow

Read the FSB’s comments to the Observer discussing how Government needs to get back to practices that allow small businesses to grow.


FSB backs campaign to cut business rates

The FSB has backed a Daily Mail campaign calling on the Government to reduce the impact of business rates rises due in April.


Your Business

National Policy Chairman, Mike Cherry has written an article for a brand new business publication, Your Business with James Caan. The magazine is aimed at entrepreneurs and business-builders looking either to start a business or take it to the next level.


Access to Work

Have you employed someone through the Access to Work scheme or do you use it to run your own business? Get in touch to share your experiences of the scheme.


Unemployment debate

David Simpson MP made an intervention in a debate on unemployment in Halifax, stressing the importance of skills and that the Government works with organisations such as the FSB.


Legal Aid Bill

During the passage of the Legal Aid Bill, Lord McNally welcomed the support of the FSB for proposals in the Bill on redress in financial services cases.


Access to finance

Lord Harrison urged the Government to do more to improve access to finance for small businesses, citing the difficulty FSB members face in accessing bank finance.


Global Entrepreneurship Conference

FSB members are able to get a discount on tickets for the main day of the forthcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress, being held in Liverpool on 13 March 2012. Find out more and book tickets using by using the code FSB20.


Business in You

The FSB is supporting the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ ‘Business in You’ campaign, which launched earlier this week. The FSB is a key supporter of this campaign, which is similar to our own ‘Real-Life Entrepreneurs’ campaign in its aim to encourage and inspire people to set up and grow small businesses.


Become a mentor

The FSB has joined forces with Get Mentoring to encourage more business people to become mentor and to help businesses.Mentoring helps to improve business confidence, leadership and management skills, resulting in improved business performance, for both mentor and mentee.


Dragon’s searching for new recruits

Dragon’s Den is searching for new entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for investment. The BBC will be auditioning throughout the coming months. If you would like an application form please send an email to or visit the website.


Franchise conference events

FSB members have been offered free tickets to the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham on 24 – 25 February, and The British and International Franchise Exhibition in London on 16 – 17 March. Both of these events also incorporate the Growing Your Own Business conference, which includes keynote speeches from successful entrepreneurs, advice on growing a small businesses and a number of exhibitors offering business services.

Use code FSBNL at to claim your tickets.


Follow the FSB on Facebook

You can follow the activities of the FSB by joining our official fanpage on Facebook. Become a fan to view regularly updated events, photo galleries, lobbying information and have the opportunity to add your own photos and discuss current small business issues.


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Cheers for now


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