FSB Members and Small Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst tell us how and why FSB works for them
Kelly Tolhurst MP for Rochester and Strood and Minister for Small Business, says, “FSB Kent events have been really useful in gauging small business’ local priorities and their concerns with national issues such as Brexit, taxation, business support and skills. Feedback from these events have been great and I appreciate just how much small businesses need to be a part of the engagement with policymakers.”
Andrea Starbuck, Director, TentoTwo says, “Here at Ten2Two we have enjoyed many of the networking events that have been organised by the FSB, in particular the women in enterprise brunches. These have been extremely informative with great speakers sharing their experiences and the ups and downs of running your own business. It is also great networking where we get to meet other local women in business learn from some and share our own experiences with others. We have also used the member benefit of free legal advice this year which was worth its weight in gold.”
Caroline Kings, copywriter, says, "As a mum in business I find that an awful lot of mixed networking is at ridiculous o'clock in the morning when I'm consumed with school uniforms and packing bags. As a result I attend a lot of networking events that are just for women. But I do want to market my business to men and women and I find the FSB events are perfect for this. I have also heard some great speakers that I may not have otherwise had the privilege to learn from and made some great connections - at every FSB event I've attended I have followed up with or been contacted by at least one other attendee."
Steve Clark, General Manager of Chilstone says, “We’ve found our ongoing engagements with the FSB to be very helpful but also financially beneficial. Through attending several networking events they have help us to raise our profile not just locally but also nationally, resulting in new business opportunities that have resulted in solid orders. We were delighted that Mike Cherry, FSB’s National Chairman was able to visit us. His comments on how we were managing our business through our proactive marketing and networking were very encouraging. As a manufacturer himself we discussed a variety of initiatives.”
Dominic Offord of myTN says, “As a new FSB member of a fairly young company I’ve found the online intelligence and insurance services incredibly useful to help me understand some of the more nuanced aspects of running a business and ensure I have the right level of coverage I need. The team led by Alison has also been invaluable in helping me to connect with people that would be of benefit to me as I look to grow my business through attendance and introductions at events, round tables or in one particular case setting up a special interest group. As I look to allocate budgets for my 2019/20 strategic roadmap, continued FSB membership is a no-brainer!”
Matthew Scott, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner says, “‘As the PCC it is very important to work effectively with local businesses. In my Police and Crime Plan I stand by my statement that crime is important no matter where it takes place, so it is imperative to engage with businesses and work better together to prevent crime. The Mental Health event I attended this year, which was well-organised by FSB, was brilliant and as a result of this partnership I agreed to fund thirty spaces on a local Mental Health First Aid Training session, delivered by Maidstone and Mid Kent MIND. These spaces have subsequently been allocated to 30 local businesses to attend and learn more about mental health and how to effectively support people further.”