We are lucky to have two representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) coming to our next meeting, which is on Tuesday 6th March at the usual time and in usual place – 6pm in the Rose & Crown.
Pat Rodohan is the Local Membership Officer and Martin Searle is Development Manager. They will be telling us about the benefits that the FSB provides for its members, such as legal and tax protection services, insurance services and special offers on business information and office solutions. It will be interesting to hear what it can offer us as local, small and micro businesses and what it costs. I also want to find out if there are any options for group membership so that we could take advantage of the size of our group.
Martin Searle will talk about the “Voice of Small Businesses”, the lobbying work carried out by the FSB. There are many issues that affect all our businesses – red tape, corporate taxation, pension law and transport infrastructure being just a few – where it would be good to have an effective way to have our views taken into account by central and local government. How does the FSB pull together the differing opinions of its members and does its voice carry weight?
We look forward to seeing lots of MBF members at the meeting and hope that you have plenty of probing questions. The FSB has lots to offer and Tuesday is our opportunity to examine whether they are for us.