Whereas certain professions require you to be licensed (e.g. plumbers wishing to work on gas fittings and appliances are legally required to register with the Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers), most new entrepreneurs/businesses are not legally obliged to be licensed or to belong to any certain organisation. Some organisations though offer benefits like free legal advise and all of them offer an opportunity to network get support and meet other likeminded people. The following organisations will give you a little taster of national SME organisations.
The Federation of Small Businesses is UK’s largest organisation working for small businesses and lobbying on their behalf. Registration fee is £30 and annual subscription fees start from £100. Benefit range includes legal protection, credit card, vehicle solutions and medical plans just to mention few. For more information, please visit www.fsb.org.uk.
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is a not-for-profit pressure group representing over 25,000 businesses in the UK. FPB offers a wide range of business solutions and benefits to help its members grow successfully and profitably. For more information, please visit www.fpb.co.uk.
The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) has over 7000 members. IBEC represents its members’ interests to Government, the trade unions, state agencies, other national interest groups as well as to the general public and aims to shape policies and influence decision-making in a way that both develops and protects members’ interests and also contributes to the development and maintenance of an economy that promotes productive employment and enterprise. IBEC membership offers a wide range of benefits – for more information please visit www.ibec.ie.
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) also offers a wide range of membership benefits and aims to guarantee that small and medium enterprises in Ireland have an independent voice. For more information, please visit www.isme.ie.