The Blackpool based Federation of Small Businesses has since 1974 represented the views and needs of its members, when seeking equality with their larger counterparts.
They were the first business organisation to start lobbying and protesting to both government and opposition alike for fairer deals and better treatment of its membership.
The Imperial Hotel was the venue of the first 60 members to sign up to starting what turned out to be the biggest business organisation in the UK, that grew to 218,000 just before the recession hit.
It was ironic that the Imperial was selected as the inaugural meeting place to discuss tactics of how they are going to take the fight to the government over VAT and National insurance contributions, because Winston Churchill plotted a war against dictatorships from the same hotel during his many visits during WW2.
The head office has always been on the Fylde coast and has created employment for local people as well as injecting a lot of money into the local economy by holding regular meetings where activists from all over the UK come to Blackpool to attend.
All members receive three magazines containing information and news from the EU regarding their industry. Whether it be fishing, farming,agriculture – all sectors have FSB representation, and Blackpool is promoted to the members as the nerve centre of business support.
There is not one letter, email or any publication that is sent out to its members, that does not have the word Blackpool mentioned to its existing 195,000 members in some shape or form, across the UK.
The FSB has been a great ambassador for promoting Blackpool as well as small business interests.