Why FSB is launching a membership category for pre-startups this spring

One in 10 adults plan to start a business in 2017. Dave Stallon explains the thinking behind the Federation of Small Businesses' pre-startup membership

FSB Business Creation, launching in spring 2017, will give its members unlimited telephone access to a team of new business advisors, networking opportunities, and a whole range of other exclusive benefits and services.

A new type of membership offer from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), it has been developed to meet the particular needs of new entrepreneurs and those about to establish a business, to assist them in getting their venture off the ground.

The UK has always been – and continues to be – a hub of innovators, risk takers, and business savvy leaders. The UK has more entrepreneurs that any other European country. In 2016, there were over 581,000 new business start-ups. More people than ever view starting a business as a positive career choice, seeing good opportunities.

FSB Business Creation benefits

By becoming part of FSB Business Creation, members will have available to them the expertise and benefits that come with belonging to the UK’s biggest and most respected business organisation.

Our research shows that having access to an expert business advisor and having strong networking opportunities are the two most valuable benefits we could offer to these new members, and so we have made these key parts of our offer.

Business Creation advisors will be there to help would-be entrepreneurs and business owners with their individual situations and concerns because we recognise that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ way when it comes to starting up.

A specially developed bundle of further benefits will include everything from company formation; domain name registration; and website build, to access to market entry reports; copies of ‘First Voice’, FSB’s flagship quarterly publication, and a new FSB edition of Wiley book Starting a Business.

Business Creation members will also be included in FSB’s Big Voice panel and have access to other exclusive discounted FSB products and services: FSB business banking, FSB insurance, FSB card payment services and products, for example.

Why start a business now?

There are fantastic opportunities for launching a new business at this time; advances in tech and manufacturing techniques; new opportunities in exporting; infrastructure developments; consumer diversification and demand for personalisation; and changes in the way we live and work, all bring thrilling new prospects.

There are many types of potential business owner out there. Each wanting to gain different things from their venture: from people who want to start their own business alongside existing employment or studies, to those who want a business that works in harmony with other life commitments, such as caring for family members.

There are those who, after having spent countless years in employment, feel excited about the prospect of becoming their own boss in the later years of life.

There are many who have a hobby or passion who would love to turn that into a profitable and sustainable business. There are also those who want to make the biggest global impact from the outset and are dedicated to accelerated, international growth.

What every new business needs

What all these potential business owners have in common, is the need for the best expertise and advice at the point of starting up – get the fundamentals on point at this stage, and you have the best outlook for taking forward a successful and thriving concern.

Of course, the small business sector, like other sectors, is facing challenges – and another incredible advantage for any business owner to being part of FSB is the powerful voice in government we have on behalf of all our members. FSB also has a reputation as being the go-to business organisation for media comment.

Starting a new business is a hugely exciting life event, and owning your own business is a lifestyle that can be enormously rewarding. It’s a dream for a great many people. Having access to the best expertise, advice and start-up products can help make that dream a reality.

FSB Business Creation launches in spring 2017. To join the conversation, follow @FSB_Voice and join us on Facebook.

Dave Stallon is commercial director at FSB, the UK’s biggest business group which has a national network of members. FSB is a member-led, not-for-profit organisation that offers its members a wide range of vital business services and advice, as well as a powerful voice in government. Find out more at FSB.org.uk

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