Framlingham business association to expand its catchment area
A growing business association in east Suffolk has announced plans to extend its catchment area after the membership exceeded 100 for the first time in its five-year history.
The Framlingham and District Business Association (FBA) has welcomed members from outside the town on an ad hoc basis for some time. But following a request to accept businesses from Wickham Market, the FBA decided to define its boundaries and send out invitations to potential new members.
FBA chairman Richard Harrison said there were many businesses in the small villages and towns around Framlingham that could benefit from being part of the organisation but may not have previously thought it was an option.
“The offer from Wickham Market got us thinking that perhaps we should formalise what the district means,” he said
“If we are clear on that, it means we can be more proactive in promoting it.
“We’re not going to encroach on towns like Saxmundham where there’s already a thriving business association.
“But we’re trying to reach out to those businesses that don’t currently have any representation and could benefit from joining us.”
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The strategy was adopted at the FBA’s latest meeting at which it was announced membership had exceeded 100 for the first time in the group’s four year history.
Mr Harrison, who was appointed chairman at the end of last year, said the FBA agreed the expansion as part of its first marketing policy, which aims to retain membership at 100 or more into the future.
Alongside Framlingham and Wickham Market, the FBA is also accepting members from Badingham, Charsfield, Cramsford, Cretingham, Dennington, Earl Soham, Easton Hacheston, Kettleburgh, Little Glemham, Marlesford, Parham, Rendham, Saxtead, and Sweffling.
Mr Harrison said the FBA’s members enjoy the benefits of increased networking capabilities, which can lead to new business opportunities and special offers.
The FBA also has a stock of equipment, such as a gazebo, signage and hi-vis vests that are suitable for events. It has also established its own events such as Sausagefest and the Fab Fram Christmas.
And as a collective, Mr Harrison says the FBA has a “louder voice” when raising issues or requesting funding from local authorities.
Businesses interested in joining the FBA should email Mr Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.