Alun Jones, Partner, Face for Business - Chester & North Wales
Face for Business makes a local celebrity discovery in North Wales
Are you aware of the Federation of Small Businesses? Did you know that the founder of the Federation of Small Businesses has strong links to North Wales? Local businessman Alun Jones (Face for Business) made this discovery whilst at a F2N Conference networking event at Glasdir in Llanrwst. Alun got talking to Welsh FSB representative, Selwyn Williams about the benefits of joining the FSB, and during discussions, Selwyn told Alun that the founder of the FSB lived in North Wales!
The History of Captain Norman Small, FSB
Captain Norman Small settled in Menai Bridge after the Second World War and established himself as a local businessman. It was during his time as a salesman that Norman thought up the idea of the FSB. He was privy to the complaints of retailers concerning the increase in National Insurance contributions for small businesses, and felt compelled to do something about it. Selwyn says “Norman Small was forward-thinking for his era, and would draw in great crowds of people. Any public events he created were always sold out.”
Captain Small wrote a letter to The Guardian (which was published in August 1974) to ‘publicise his philosophy’, and the rest as they say is history!
The FSB and its connections to North Wales
Alun was thrilled to have met Selwyn and to have made the connection between North Wales and the FSB, and was pleased that Face for Business had the opportunity to interview Selwyn. Alun says, “We were thrilled to meet with Selwyn, and have gained some really interesting insight into the beginnings of the FSB.”
The many FSB benefits for local businesses
Have you heard of, or considering joining, the FSB? The FSB is the largest business association with more members than the Institute of Directors and the Confederation of British Industry put together, and has just undertaken a rebranding exercise. The benefits of joining the FSB include free banking, legal expenses and, more importantly, they lobby on behalf of small businesses to government. Face for Business interviewed Selwyn Williams, FSB, late last year to coincide with Lancashire Day, which the FSB also had connections too.
Selwyn would love to hear from any businesses in North Wales to discuss the benefits of joining FSB. You can reach him here:-
Tel: 07757 011843.
Address: 45 Penlon Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, LL59 5NE.
If you found this article interesting, you can read the full interview with Selwyn Williams on our blog here.
(This article formed part of a press release).