The Key FSB Influencers.
This article links to our blog post entitled 'Federation of Small Businesses - Benefits of Membership' and forms part of our 'Big Business Influencers Blog Series'. We interviewed FSB Membership Advisor Selwyn Williams, when we met him at a recent event in North Wales. The interview, in part, gives a background to the founding of the FSB and goes into detail about the FSB and how becoming a member can help your small business. Please read the interview here to complement our key FSB influencer profiles below.
Profile of Captain Norman Small
- Norman Small set-up the Federation of Small Businesses back in 1974.
- He was a Captain in the British Army, and finished his tour in Menai Bridge Anglesey, North Wales.
- He married a local woman whose parents owned a local grocery store.
- He went on to become a Salesman for a shoe company and then a Lancashire printing company, selling paper bags to shops.
- He was a member of the National Union of Shop Keepers.
- He went to Open University to train as a Probation Officer on qualifying had an office in Menai Bridge.
- He often wrote articles and Dear Editor letters in the local and national media to express his keenness to establish a business association for small businesses. The Manchester Guardian's (on 31 August 1974) press article attracted great attention from business people from all over the U.K. which launched the idea of Federation of Small Businesses.
- Norman’s training in the British Army enabled him to command an audience, and any events that Norman Small hosted were always packed out.
Captain Small (in his letter to The Guardian in 1974) wrote…
I, and many others, regard this huge section of the population as the only free-thinking individuals in our society today. Welded together, they could be a real influence in saving Britain from the slow-motion hara-kiri she is now intent on committing.
Profile of Selwyn Williams
- Became a recruiter for membership in 1989 – 1996 and returned again in 2014.
- Selwyn founded the re-formed Anglesey FSB branch in 1991, and invited other business people to come on the committee.
- He became hon. secretary for 15 years and chairman for six years.
People in today’s society really need to recognise the support out there from local authorities and government agencies and engage with local authorities. At the end of the day, we can take any FSB members to any national government to lobby about their business issues, and we can arrange for meetings with MPs/Ministers. If you elevate yourself as small business then become a market leader, you can really advertise your business. If you can court the media to support your business in certain ways, you will really get somewhere. You need to have good marketing skills too, and learn to converse face to face. If you haven’t got confidence in selling your brand and yourself, you’re dead in the water. Have no fear!
Federation of Small Business Memberships
If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, please visit their website to find your local branch and submit an inquiry.
The FSB has hugely benefited us with regard to employee issues, networking and brand advocacy as well as being able to offer excellent rates for our data provision. We have built great working relationships with various members of the federation, and hope these continue and develop.
FSB Campaign Video
If you would like to contact Selwyn to discuss any aspect of the Federation of Small Businesses membership, please do not hesitate to contact him. Details below:-