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Membership Grades

SFEDI Awards Studying Membership – FREE for the first year

Every year thousands of people sign up and complete a SFEDI Awards enterprise qualification with a SFEDI Awards learning centre. Everyone that does automatically receives FREE Studying Membership of the IOEE for a whole year.
SFEDI Awards has a qualification for every type of enterprising person from budding entrepreneurs, to established business owners and enterprising managers in large organisations. SFEDI is also well known for supporting and developing the skills of the professional and volunteer business support community, including mentors, coaches and business advisors.

For further information on the range of qualifications available and to find out where to study, please visit SFEDI Awards.

Studying Membership is free for the first year. Students are sent their membership details upon registration on a SFEDI Awards qualification. To continue membership after the first year Studying Members will be invited to upgrade to the relevant grade of professional membership.

Affiliate Membership – Free for the first year

Affiliate Membership of the IOEE is for those seriously considering, or preparing to start, their own business.

We respect everyone that takes the risk, to control their own destiny by starting and running their own business. IOEE membership offers a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills and networks needed to start up, survive and grow your business.

Research has shown that the earlier people seek quality support to start their business the more successful they are which is why activating free IOEE membership is a great idea for those just starting out.

Affiliate Membership is free for the first year. No credit/debit card details are taken at sign up. To continue membership after the first year Affiliate members will be invited to upgrade to the relevant grade of membership.

FE and HE Student Membership – £25 per year

We believe that self employment is a viable and exciting option for people leaving College and University today.

In these economic times, when jobs for graduates are hard to come by, self employment can offer individuals the opportunity to control their own destiny and career options.

We know it is hugely helpful for students to develop their enterprising skills and networks whilst they’re still in education so that it can be a viable option upon leaving. Joining the IOEE helps students get plugged into networks of enterprising people and learn more about the types of skills and knowledge that will help them start and run their own business.

Associate Membership (AMIOEE) – £50 per year

This is the first professional level of membership for business owners and enterprise support professionals. It’s designed for people that aim to develop their enterprise skills and connect with others in the network.

To qualify for Associate Membership you must fulfil one or more of the following criteria:
- Have run a business, or been self employed, for up to 3 years
- Have achieved an enterprise qualification up to Level 2 in enterprise or enterprise support
- Have reached a junior to mid level in an organisation and have completed the Level 2 Enterprising Manager qualification.

Associate Members are eligible to use the letters AMIOEE after their name and use the IOEE Associate Member logo in any publications and stationery.

To maintain membership Associate Members will be required to demonstrate their ongoing enterprise skills development by engagement in at least 5 days of enterprise development per year. This can include mentoring others, being mentored, enterprise learning, self study or a qualification. This can be recorded on each member’s personalised CED log.

Full Member (MIOEE) – £75 per year

Full membership is for those who have proof of personal and enterprise development and practical experience in applying their skills and knowledge either as an Enterprise Owner, Entrepreneur or Business Support professional.

To qualify for Full Membership you must fulfil at least one of the following criteria:
- Have run a business or been self employed for 3 years or more
- Hold an enterprise qualification at Level 3, or equivalent, in enterprise or enterprise support.
- Have reached mid to senior level in an organisation and have completed the Level 3 Enterprising Manager qualification.

Full Members are eligible to use the letters MIOEE after their name and use the IOEE Member logo in any publications and stationery.

To maintain membership Full Members will be required to demonstrate their ongoing enterprise skills development by engagement in at least 5 days of enterprise development per year. This can include mentoring others, being mentored, enterprise learning, self study or a qualification. This can be recorded on each member’s personalised CED log.

Fellow (FIOEE) – £125 per year

Individuals can apply for Fellow Membership of the IOEE if they have attained the requisite level of experience either as an Enterprise Owner, Entrepreneur or Business Support professional.

Fellows are those entrepreneurs who are well respected in the community and have shown their commitment to enterprise learning and supporting others in the enterprise community.

To be considered for Fellow Membership of the IOEE you should be able to fulfil ALL of the criteria below:
- Have run a business or been self employed for 5 years or more
- Hold an enterprise qualification at Level 5, or equivalent, or above in enterprise or enterprise support
- Have reached a senior level in an organisation and have completed the Level 5 Enterprising Manager qualification.

Fellow Members are eligible to use the letters FIOEE after their name and use the FIOEE Member logo in any publications and stationery.

To maintain membership Fellow members will be required to engage in at least 5 days of enterprise development per year. This can include mentoring others, being mentored, enterprise learning, self study or a qualification.

Honorary Fellow (FIOEE) – by invitation only

Honorary Fellowship is the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs’ most senior grade of membership and is by invitation only. The authority for awarding the small number of Honorary Fellowships per year rests with the IOEE’s Advisory Council.

Honorary Fellows will have made an outstanding contribution to the enterprise community over a number of years and their work will have national or international importance within the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Members are invited to forward suggestions for Honorary Fellowship to Ruth Lowbridge Executive Chair at the SFEDI Group.


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