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FSA launches e-learning course for small firms

Amanda Jarvis

February 9, 2006

Firms need to keep adequate financial resources at all times and this online training course is designed for those with little or no accounting knowledge.

The financial watchdog has already introduced various initiatives to assist small firms, which include improvements to the Firm Contact Centre such as longer opening hours at key times; more targeted newsletters and webpages; tailored Handbooks; and a range of workshops, training courses, roadshows and surgeries.

Stephen Bland, retail intermediaries sector leader at the FSA, said: “As part of our commitment to make it easier for small firms to do business with us we have been working to improve what we offer them. We have made a good start, but there is still work to be done. The e-learning package is a new way of offering assistance to firms and may offer extra support to those that need it.”

Additionally, the FSA has recently conducted its first communications survey of small firms to look into what and how firms receive its information. Research showed that firms recall seeing its communications as:
-82% of them get FSA newsletters;
-90% had received FSA emails in the last three months; and 
-62% access the dedicated webpages at least fortnightly.

It also found that 96% of firms are aware of FSA training and over a third of them had attended either a course or a roadshow.

Bland said: “The survey was carried out to gain a better understanding of the amount and type of regulatory information firms receive. We are grateful to the firms that took part and will continue with the progress that has already been made.”

Further findings revealed that the majority of small firms receive fewer than 10 items of regulatory information a week by email or post. 67% of firms stated that at least half of the information they receive about regulation is sent from organisations other than the FSA.


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