Federation of Small Businesses
FSB is the UK’s largest business organisation supporting small businesses and the self-employed. There are 6,000 members in Northern Ireland covering many sectors.
FSB has a dedicated covid-19 hub on their website with information on the various supports available and considerations for businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
FSB members can access benefits including a 24/7 legal and employment helpline, a legal hub with downloadable resources and guides (including furlough documents/risk assessments etc) and many other benefits. Our customer services team and field staff in NI have been able to offer one-to-one support and signpost members requesting assistance or further advice.
The policy teams both NI based and in Westminster have continually campaigned and lobbied for increased assistance for small business and self-employed and highlighting the challenges and issues.
Members receive weekly covid-19 round up emails of developments impacting small business. There are free weekly virtual networking and support events for small businesses in Northern Ireland https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar.html and an online skills hub offering resources and free training.