The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has co-opted a new Area Lead representing Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Rachel Hayward is to help head up the group’s local grassroots lobbying activity in the East Midlands.
Rachel owns a bid writing and consultancy service called ‘Ask the Chameleon’. She is based in Burton-upon-Trent and teaches business students part time at the University of Derby.
Rachel scooped the Micro Business Award at the FSB Small Business Awards East Midlands in 2019 and joins Burton Joyce based Adam Roberts as the two Area Leads representing Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for the FSB.
Rachel Hayward said: “The FSB is a key advocate of small businesses both on a local level and a national level and I look forward to working hard as one of two Area Leads.
“As someone who spends a lot of time working with students in Derbyshire, and nearby, I am really keen to work on developing the right skills for people running local small businesses to help them reach their maximum potential.
“I can guarantee local small businesses I will be fighting on their behalf on these issues and much more.”
She steps into the role after the previous area lead stood down for personal reasons.
Rachel has received the full endorsement of the FSB Regional Chairman in the East Midlands, Les Phillimore.
Les Phillimore said: “I’m delighted Rachel has been co-opted into this key role and wants to ensure that the voice of small businesses across the East Midlands is clearly heard.
“Rachel will also become a key member of the East Midlands Regional FSB Team and I very much look forward to working with Rachel and FSB staff.
“The FSB will always represent the interests of our diverse and vibrant population of members and small businesses to ensure we stay at the heart of the local debate and at the forefront of business policy decision-making.”