Micro-businesses in Burton, with one to four employees, can benefit from a free 12-month membership of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in a scheme that is a UK first.
FSB membership provides vital support including 24/7 legal and tax advice and a legal and HR hub containing a wealth of fact sheets and legally-checked documents, which are continually updated by solicitors and ready for use. There is also a funding platform, medical care helpline, free debt recovery, tax investigation protection and cyber protection among many other benefits.
The memberships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis for eligible applicants. Businesses must not be a current FSB member. Successful applicants will have all the benefits of full membership straight away.
Businesses in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area should email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Crucial initiative will provide robust, immediate business support
Last year, Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council launched a joint membership scheme with the FSB and this additional county council funding will support its continuation and benefit more businesses.
The FSB also organises regular networking opportunities and webinars for its members across the UK. Elaine Pritchard hosts a monthly event online for businesses in the Burton area. As well as running her own business she is also a volunteer Area Leader for the FSB for Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
Elaine said: “The FSB has been a massive help to me in building my business and that’s why I’m so delighted to see this pioneering scheme launched in my home county to help more small businesses at this most challenging of times.
“This crucial initiative will provide robust, on-the-ground and immediate business support to local small businesses to help them through the current crisis and the gradual re-opening of post-pandemic business communities.”
More information on the full suite of benefits offered to FSB members can be found at: fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership
Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills, Philip White, said: “Micro businesses have been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic though many have shown incredible resilience through this period.
“By providing free expert advice on a wide range of business-related issues, from marketing to legal and finance, we can remove an additional burden and allow them to concentrate on their operations.
“This is a pioneering scheme in terms of the FSB working jointly with county, district and borough councils on a single programme. We’re pleased to be able to direct our businesses to industry advice that could make a critical difference as our economy recovers and that as a county, we have led the way with this initiative.”