Small businesses account for 99.3% of all private sector businesses and are critical to the strength of our economy. With many more people now taking the plunge into self-employment and starting a business, the role of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has never been more important.
Locally, the Ryedale branch of the FSB is chaired by Abigail Stockell-Beckett with the help of vice chair Roz Collins, a busy local bookkeeper, Walter Bratley from WEAB Motors and Ena Anne Screeton who have all been involved in the Ryedale branch for many years.
Roz believes that small business is crucial in our rural area and says “We want to ensure that new and current members of the FSB in Ryedale get the best from their membership. The FSB are experts in business, offering a wide range of vital business services and with many changes in regulations coming into force this year such as workplace pensions, the FSB is the place to go for information and help.”
Roz is so passionate about the role of FSB in Ryedale, she has decided to support a stall at Ryedale Agricultural Show to make sure the message of FSB membership reaches many more small businesses in the area.
The Ryedale branch of the FSB meets once a month at the Blacksmiths Arms in Pickering, who are also members. The meetings are a mixture of networking, talks about subjects relevant to small businesses and catching up with other local businesses.
If you’d like to find out more about the stall at the Ryedale Show or about the local branch of the FSB, give Roz a call.