As England’s businesses emerge from an incredibly tough 24 months of trading conditions, we are stepping in with a lifeline for our small firms and self-employed businesses. A new scheme has been launched this week that will help support our independent businesses to navigate the various ongoing economic, employment, legal and mental health challenges.
We have teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to offer a one-year package of support to businesses with 50 or fewer employees that have not been members of the FSB in the previous 12-months.
Essential advice and guidance on areas such as legal and tax issues, employment legislation, cyber protection and insurance, free business banking and debt recovery services are all available through the free membership with FSB.
The membership offering adds to the package of support provided by us and the Government in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councillor Liz Smyth, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said “Small businesses, including the self-employed, play a vital role in the success of our economy and are agents of social change. They provide jobs, skills and training for all, including those furthest from the labour market.
“The last year has been tough for lots of businesses but by offering free membership to the FSB they will be able to access a full range of business support to ensure they not only survive, but also thrive in the future.
“The FSB does great work to support small businesses and they are set up to respond quickly. Joining is a simple process and I urge anyone that employs 50 or fewer people to get signed up so they can start receiving free advice and support.”
Natalie Gasson-McKinley, FSB’s Development Manager for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire said: “FSB is delighted to be working with Bolsover District Council on this crucial initiative to get robust, on-the-ground and immediate business support to local small businesses and the self-employed across Bolsover.
"This has been an incredibly tough period for small firms and there are further challenges on the horizon. SMEs in our area are still dealing with the economic hit of lockdown as well as various staffing issues, rising costs and supply chain issues. Many will need support to not only survive these challenges but to go on to revive and then thrive.
"We want to do all we can to help practically support the independent firms and sole traders to get through this and it’s fantastic that Bolsover District Council has opted to work with us and really power up their support. Together we can give local firms valuable, instant access to every business support service any business could need at this time. I am looking forward to helping the council to roll out this offer and to supporting more businesses across Bolsover to weather this crisis.”
Once Bolsover District businesses take up the free membership, they can access the full package of business support which will help firms across the UK to plan their recovery, manage their HR issues and get to grips with their legal obligations.
FSB has been supporting small businesses and the self-employed since 1974 and since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis has lobbied hard for fair support for the UK’s vital small business community.