Small business lobby groups are the most effective means of small business representation. This is just one of the findings of a new Small Enterprise Research Report published by the Open University Small Business School.
The survey looks at Small Firms and Politics. It examines a range of different membership organisations and how well they attract and retain members.
The most popular organisations for small businesses to join in decreasing order are: professional bodies or institutes (51%), Chambers of Commerce (36%), the Federation of Small Businesses (23%), the Institute of Directors (6%), the Forum of Private Business (5%), political parties (4%), the Confederation of British Industry (2%) and the Small Business Bureau (1%).
Both the Federation of Small Businesses and the Forum of Private Business have been successful in signing up businesses with between 5 and 9 employees. The report suggests that there is something about this size of business that makes lobby group membership particularly attractive.
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