Small Business Team

Questions & Answers

Tweet your questions to FSB policy boss Craig Beaumont

Join Federation of Small Businesses chief of external affairs Craig Beaumont on July 8 for a special Twitter Q&A using the hashtag #AskFSB

The Start-Up Series

Winning the Start-Up Series – Carrie Davies, ONE Essentials

ONE Essentials is a new kind of fashion brand, where you recycle your purchase by sending it back to the manufacturer. Carrie Davies shares her vision for ethical retail

The Start-Up Series

Winning The Start-Up Series – Adrian Lawson, The Preference Hub

In a world increasingly reliant on handheld devices for deliveries and stocktaking, The Preference Hub helps enterprise-level businesses keep tabs on them

The Start-Up Series

What winning The Start-Up Series meant for me – Matt Oldham, Unizest

Unizest solves a problem for the millions of foreign workers and students who come to Britain each year, all needing a UK bank account

Government Grants

Where to find your small business coronavirus grant

Here we provide a round-up of UK local authorities with links to their register pages for small business coronavirus grants.


Small Business named as a top blog in coronavirus journalism awards

Small business website achieves record readership, with 1.3m owner-managers turning to the site for industry news in March


Over 140 industry leaders attend inaugural Women in Finance Summit

Thirty speakers address inequality in financial services at well-received event in central London

Business management

Foreign exchange control could minimise the cost of business trips abroad

It may well start to cost more to send staff on business trips abroad but there are ways of controlling some costs by locking into foreign exchange rates, as Nick England of VFX Financial explains.

Business Ideas & Planning

Intellectual property – how to protect yours as a start up or scale up

Many owners of start up and scale up businesses overlook the importance of protecting their intellectual property. Zain Ali (pictured) of Centuro Global explains what to do and why.

Accounts & Tax

Profit and loss template

Use this template to build your own profit and loss account as a small business owner.

Sole trader

How to become a sole trader

Setting up as a self-employed sole trader is a simple way to start a business. In this guide, we show you how to do it.

Export & Logistics

Delivery tips: The 12 do’s of Christmas logistics

Paul Galpin gives delivery advice to help small business retailers cash in rather than crash out this Christmas.

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

Partner content

Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

Partner content

London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene