FSB - Federation of Small Businesses

Member: Angela Lock
Company: FSB - Federation of Small Businesses
Phone: 07899843583
Mobile: 07899843583
Email: angela.lock@fsb.org.uk
Website: http://www.fsb.org.uk
Nexus Role: Member
Business Profile

My career began in retail management working and progressing from department store to Senior Store Manager with River Island and Miss Selfridge after studying Clothing & Distributive Trades. I moved into the world of recruitment and later established my own consultancy, specialising in retail management and operations for both major high street and out of town retailers being preferred supplier to brands such as IKEA, B&Q, House of Fraser, Hobbs, Zara, Arcadia Group, Karen Millen etc. During this period, together with my husband Ian, we developed a property portfolio, before I moved into project management supporting businesses across a range of industry sectors, including a period in Welfare to Work.
Still having an interest in property but also a love of nature and of the outdoors, a recent venture has been converting a cart lodge into a rural retreat which has received a Visit England, Quality in Tourism 4 Star Gold Award and the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2016.
And so after being a Member of the FSB for a number of years, in August 2014 I was asked to also support them as a Membership Advisor for North and West Essex and Hertfordshire area. This involves meeting business owners across the territory on a one-to-one basis, speaking at training seminars and network events as well as playing a part in ensuring the FSB remains the largest business organisation in the UK and supporting its 200,000 plus members


The FSB are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of members, it exists to serve the small business community across the UK and as experts in business, and the FSB offer its members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government protecting our business rights and interests. Their aim is to help smaller business achieve their ambition and provide:

• Free Legal Advice & Legal Documents
• Tax Investigation Protection.
• Resource & Knowledge Hub inc. a whole library of Webinars
• PR/Crisis Management Helpline
• Business & Digital Profiling
• FSB Care
• Cyber Protection
• Debt Recovery

Exclusive rates and discounts and on a range of business essentials:

• Free Business Banking
• Business Insurance Service
• Energy & Water
• Cash Advance
• Workplace Pensions
• Independent Financial Services
• Mobile Card Payment Terminals
• Card Payment Processing
• Fleet Card
• Communications
• Business Leads
• Vehicle Leasing and soon to come Used Vehicles
• Business Continuity Planning

New services being added in 2018 is Health & Medical Insurance as well as Business Finance and Funding, used Vehicles.
For those who are thinking of starting a business FSB introduced Business Creations, a membership that helps individual to set up they business ensuring they have the right things in place from writing a business plan, through to incorporation insurance cover and setting up a domain name.
The FSB hold various events, exhibitions and monthly network meetings across the UK and soon to expand with FSB Women following our successful Women in Enterprise Taskforce (untapped potential of Women in Enterprise).
Members have access to a resource hub and knowledge centre which includes a myriad of webinars the latest blogs, helpful guides, Legal information and Market Entry Reports.

FSB Business Awards 2018

Entries are now open for FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018! The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the country, offering national recognition. Expert small business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK. For more information take a look at
Who are your ideal clients?

Micro Businesses and SME’s – Those Self Employed / Sole Traders / Partnerships/ Ltd / LLP’s as well as Business Start-ups
Who would you like to connect with? Who could you collaborate with?

A great connection / referral would be to individuals/business owners who are serious about their business and wish to invest in themselves, their business, at the same time would like to reduce their basic overheads and costs.
Introductions also to Accountants / Book Keeper / Business Coaches and those professions who have a business client base would be useful.
What are you most proud of in your business?

Having supported many individuals achieve their ambition by securing the position of their dreams and establishing a highly respect consultancy.
Supporting those less fortunate and those in long term unemployment back into the work place.
Proud to have received Visit England, Quality in Tourism 4 Star Gold Award and the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2016.
From an FSB perspective, top 5 Member Advisor in the UK recognised for the support, my involvement and engagement.
What’s your biggest challenge in business?

As with many...obtaining a better work life balance!
Micro Businesses / SME’s accepting there is a need to protect themselves from the ever changes business challenges we face.
The good old Gate Keepers and being let down at the last minute.
What does success mean to you?

I believe this to be a state of mind and measured by how one feels as well as needs and wants.
Mine have changed vastly over the years but still believe its being in a position to do what you love to do each day, and being happy, content

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