By Daniel Hunter
A survey conducted by Enterprise Nation has reported that three-quarters of small and micro businesses are not affiliated to any professional or trade organisation, saying traditional bodies have not done enough to adapt to the changing business landscape.
“The start-up culture in Britain has been dramatically transformed. Technology has lead to the rapid democratisation of opportunity and record numbers of people starting a business," Enterprise Nation founder and small business expert Emma Jones said.
“And yet for a sector that employs more than 13 million people and generates £500bn for the British economy, its needs are under-represented to Government.
“Around 97% of businesses are classed as ‘small’ in the UK. Last year more than 484,000 people started a business. These businesses are starting from home, embracing technology, and going global at speed.
“They are independent individuals emerging in the modern economy as a significant economic and social force. They need a new kind of representation that offers commercial benefit, enhanced profile and a place to air their views.”
The survey revealed that out of 1,200 businesses polled, only nine per cent were members of their local British Chamber of Commerce or Federation of Small Businesses.
While 64% of respondents were put off joining membership bodies because they felt they're too expensive, 40% said they couldn't see the benefits of membership to their business - and 18% said they felt existing bodies didn't represent their kind of business.”
One respondent said: “I was a member of a business group but the value did not seem that good versus the cost and time, and the groups didn't align well with me. Many were focused on a small geographic area and traditional, old fashioned, business methods and practices.”
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