I was a member a few years ago but found I wasn’t making the most of it. I wasn’t using their services and there weren’t any local member events at the time. So, I gave up my membership for a while.
However, there have been notable changes in the last couple of years since I gave up membership. New advisor Piyush Patel has recently been making a huge effort to engage local businesses. He has been visible at many local networking events, talking a lot about the benefits of membership. He and FSB Regional Chairman, Chandra Sharma, have also been putting on lots of local, good quality networking events within the Bromley borough.
In my opinion, Piyush has been doing a fantastic PR job for the FSB! By being visible, reminding people he’s there and talking consistently about how the FSB helps, he is raising its profile and successfully recruiting new members. As well as welcoming back a few former members, like me!
Here’s a video Piyush recorded with me that explains how I help small businesses with their own marketing and PR:
If you’re unfamiliar with the FSB, their website has a lot of useful information. For me, it’s important to have the backing of an organisation that helps fight for small businesses’ rights. The different services they offer are also worth the membership fee many times over, most of them for no additional cost. Services such as:
But, for me, the overriding reason to join was that I have confidence in the new local set up with regular networking events and introductions to relevant member businesses who might benefit me, or who I might also be able to help. I look forward to getting to know Piyush better, so he can continue to use his PR skills for mine and other businesses’ benefit.
If you are interested in finding out more or joining the FSB yourself, contact Piyush.