Having run a successful partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) earlier in the year, Southend-On-Sea City Council has decided to extend this offer with FREE one-year memberships for Southend businesses. This will enable around 200 businesses to benefit.
With many small businesses dealing with a variety of issues as they embark on the road to recovery, demand for services provided by FSB has been higher than normal. Southend-on-Sea City Council and the FSB took the decision to work in partnership to help small businesses navigate their way through the coming months.
FSB Area Lead in Essex, David Barnes said:
"We would like to thank Southend Borough Council for subsidising FSB membership at a time when so many businesses are working hard to recover from the challenges of the pandemic.
FSB membership provides vital support including 24/7 legal advice and a legal hub containing fact sheets and documents which are oven-ready for use, a funding platform, medical care helpline, free debt recovery and cyber protection to name but a few of the benefits which have been invaluable to businesses throughout the crisis. We look forward to supporting small businesses in Southend and in doing so helping the local economy to bounce back”.
Who can apply?
Businesses that are located in the local authority of Southend-on-Sea Borough, who employ no more than 9 employees and are not a current FSB member can apply for a membership.
What the FSB membership includes
Businesses will be able to benefit from a range of services from day one of their membership. Covering everything from legal and HR advice to insurance services, debt recovery, cyber protection and access to funding opportunities. They can also access a variety of networking and support events. Events are currently taking place virtually.
Memberships benefits include, but are not limited to, the follow service areas:
Health and Safety advice
PR and crisis management
Legal protection scheme
Access to funding opportunities
Tax investigation protection included
Free legal advice included
Over 1,000 legal & trading document to download (covering all from GDPR policy to Website T’s & C’s)
How to apply
Applications are now live. To express your interest, or if you have any questions, please fill out thisform.