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Top business experts to boost entrepreneurs’ knowledge at free FSB Leeds roadshow

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A host of top experts from across the business spectrum, including representatives of Microsoft, Epson and Facebook, are lined up to share their knowledge and advice with SMEs heading to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Roadshow, to be staged today at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. 

This free-to-attend FSB event will be opened by Danni Hewson, BBC Look North’s business and money correspondent. The first session will then be given by Neil Esslemont, Head of Industry Liaison at the Pensions Regulator, and Peter Duffy, Senior Partner at FSB Workplace Pensions. 

These two experts will guide attendees – both FSB members and non-members alike – through the statutory regulations relating to Workplace Pension and auto-enrolment, with which all businesses need to comply. 

Dan Wogan, european product manager (business printers) for Epson, will be focusing on sustainable behaviours in business. His talk will be followed by one highlighting challenges and opportunities for female entrepreneurs. This will be given by Helen Walby, diversity chair at FSB and MD of Recycle Scooters, and Orla Malone, head of Facebook’s small and medium business Team in the UK and Ireland. 

During a networking lunch, delegates can make new contacts and post a desired outcome on a “Networking Wall” that others can see and possibly fulfil. Networking will be facilitated by Katrina Sargent, regional sales manager at FSB, co-founder of the award-winning Business Buzz and former employee at Start Your Business and The Business Club.

The hot topic of cybersecurity will be picked up after lunch by Robert Hayes, Microsoft’s executive cybersecurity adviser for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Robert will explain how organisations need to Protect, Detect and Respond to cybercrime, mitigating the risk of an attack. 

Continuing with the cybercrime theme, Tim Lazenby, sales director and MD of FSB Insurance Service, will underline why all businesses should consider cyberinsurance. 

Biffa’s regional general manager for Yorkshire, Anthony Holley, will reveal how delegates can better manage their waste, reducing, reusing and recycling it for the benefit of all, whilst the final session will be about social media, with FSB’s corporate communications co-ordinator and co-author of two books on social media, David Taylor, suggesting why no business can afford to ignore the new digital marketplace. 

This FSB Roadshow will run from 10am to 4.30pm, providing businesses with a wealth of information to take away and implement back in the workplace, at no charge.

FSB’s commercial director Dave Stallon said: “Our Leeds roadshow brings together a wealth of opportunity, advice and information which is crucial for ongoing business enhancement and growth within our challenging economy. 

“By bringing together a cross-section of industry experts whose advice and information, can be implemented within businesses with immediate effect, we are more committed than ever to providing the UK’s smaller businesses with everything they need to improve, evolve and expand.”

Dave Stallon added: “There will also be an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals to share best practice, as well as developing new business leads through our ‘Networking Wall’.  We’re certain this event will be a valuable experience for both FSB members and non-members alike.”

Online registration for this event is via a form at


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