National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses
The New FSB Logo as of 2016
|Motto||Experts in Business|
|Legal status||Not for profit company|
|Purpose||Membership body for small businesses and the self-employed|
|Stephen Askew, Mike Cherry, Peter Davys, Alexis Lay, Terry Lockwood, Gary Lovatt, Gillian MacEwan, Martin McTague, David Miles, Ian O'Donnell, Melanie Ulyatt|
|Board of Directors|
|Subsidiaries||FSB Publications Limited, FSB Recruitment Limited, FSB Sales Limited, F.S.B. (Member Services) Limited, FSB Gold Club Limited, Keep Trade Local Ltd, Real Life Entrepreneurs Limited|
|National Federation of Self Employed|
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a UK business organisation representing small and medium-sized businesses. It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed (NFSE). The current name for the organisation was adopted in 1991. It is registered with Companies House as The National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses Limited (company number 1263540).
FSB is a member-led, not-for-profit and non-party political organisation. FSB is a lobbying organisation representing small firms and the self-employed to UK, national, local and devolved government. FSB offers its members a range of benefits, such as a 24-hour legal advice line and free business banking.
In January 2018, FSB's Board of Directors altered the organisation's volunteer structure by switching from elected Branches & Regions to an unelected, ad-hoc approach to local lobbying & representation. This necessitated changes to FSB's National Council which now comprises 12 appointed representatives, selected from the 9 English regions and the 3 devolved countries.
In 2017 FSB had 184 branches around the UK and these were grouped into 33 regions. Each branch and region has its own committee. In addition, there is a national committee which includes representatives from each regional committee.
FSB runs a number of national campaigns on behalf of its members, to highlight the needs of Small Businesses and the Self Employed. Most recently FSB ran a ‘Wellbeing’ campaign to support the health of small business owners and their staff. The campaign was backed by MIND, Public Health England, UK Active, and Seb Coe. Historically, previous campaigns have included:
FSB also supports a number of other national campaigns on behalf of its members, to highlight the needs of Small Businesses and the Self Employed.
FSB's past political lobbying activities have led in its own opinion to a number of benefits for small businesses, such as:
FSB organises events aimed at supporting FSB, its members and the small business community around the United Kingdom. National events are arranged by FSB's Events Team based in the Blackpool office, with the assistance of a nationwide network of staff and volunteers.
The FSB National Conference attracts more than 1,100 attendees from all over the United Kingdom. Speakers have included Prime Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, Chancellor of the Exchequer and many more.
The FSB National Conference was replaced with a Business Show in 2017.
FSB is running a series of regional Awards to celebrate small businesses. These are open for nomination now, with 12 categories in each. The awards will take place in Spring 2018, building up to a national final in May 2018 as part of FSB’s Chairman’s Dinner.
FSB is represented at local events like Nottinghamshire County Fair, Lincoln Show, Love Business East Midlands, and others. FSB's Regions and Branches host regular meetings around the country. Generally Branch meetings are open to all members. FSB also runs business networking events around the UK.
FSB is a member-led federation. Membership criteria are as follows:
The current logo for the organisation was adopted in November 2015. The costs of this re-branding was £0.3M and took well over a year to complete including a complete re-branding of the FSB Website.