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A New Year and a new focus on England Policy for FSB

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) England Policy Unit (EPU) is delighted to welcome new policy representatives to sit on the eleven strong body that will set the strategic direction for the FSB policy team across the nine England regions.

Seven new members of the EPU will be taking up their positions with the main aim of setting the agenda and finding business-led solutions to recovery and transition from the Covid-crisis which has caused huge suffering for the self-employed, small businesses and their employees right across the country.

The EPU will be led by Coventry based businessman, Ian O’Donnell MBE, and the committee will be represented by:

Alan Creedy (Vice-Chair)

Richard Askew (Yorkshire & NE)

Clare Elsby (East Midlands)

Nishi Mehta (West Midlands)

Rowsonara Begum (South West)

TBC (North West)

Deborah Turner (South East)
Rowena Howie (London)
Richards Grapper (East of England)

Richard Askew, policy representative for Yorkshire, the Humber and North East of England, said: “Smaller businesses across the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber face some big challenges to help deliver a resilient recovery of the economy” 

“As we start the year the end of the transition period with the EU will cause some uncertainty and delays which need to be addressed quickly.

“Alongside this, small businesses across the region want to see the Government deliver the levelling up agenda through increased investment in infrastructure, ensuring that businesses have the skills they need to grow and providing the long-term business support needed to address the challenges of COVID-19.

“The North East and Yorkshire and the Humber is not a problem to be solved but a much-needed solution to the economic challenges we face across the UK.” 

New FSB England policy chair, Ian O’Donnell, said:“The challenges facing politicians across England in 2021 will be multi-faceted and require the ingenuity and enterprise of FSB members and the wider small business community.  We will meet these challenges and provide workable solutions to regional and local decision makers.

“I am therefore delighted and honoured to take up the position of England Policy Chair and have the opportunity to work with a fantastic team of volunteer FSB members, from right across the Country, to help shape the policy agenda to meet the needs of the millions of small businesses.”

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