The Lively Business Club is affiliated to The Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Network with Style and the Federation of Small Businesses. All these organisations offer networking opportunities and affiliation means collaboration which helps with ensuring that dates do not clash when organising meetings and events.
The Federation of Small Businesses sponsors Lively Business Club meetings, offering free attendance for FSB members. This is just one of the benefits of FSB membership. Many small business owners find that they actually save money by joining the FSB. If you take credit card payments, FSB offer discounted card payment processing and inexpensive mobile card payment terminals along with free banking facilities for life (not just two years). Membership includes employment protection, tax investigation protection, legal protection and a legal advice line, all free. You can also find legal documents such as contracts of employment and trading terms and conditions online which you can adapt for your own business. If you currently pay for any of these things, you will find FSB membership, starting at £130 per year, is likely to be more cost effective.
The FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation and has been supporting entrepreneurs for over 40 years. Since 1974 the FSB has given a voice and a platform to hundreds of thousands of business owners, lobbying the Government on behalf of the self-employed, the innovators and risk takers that run our SME’s. With around 200,000 members the FSB is now the biggest business organisation in the EU.
In Shropshire, the FSB has free networking meetings in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry and (in conjunction with Lively Business Club) at Tern Hill near Market Drayton.