The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has elected volunteer members to head up the group’s local grassroots lobbying activity in the East Midlands.
The results of FSB’s volunteer elections have now been announced, with Les Phillimore from Sententia Business Services elected to the position of Regional Chairman for the East Midlands.
Les Phillimore said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to this key role and want to ensure that the voice of small businesses across the East Midlands is clearly heard.
“I look forward to working with our volunteers and staff to 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.”
As well as the Regional Chairman role volunteers have also been elected locally to be Area Leaders with two FSB Area Leaders will cover the counties of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
The two are Mark Chimley, from Genus One, who is based in Matlock, and Adam Roberts, of Amar Holdings, from Burton Joyce.
Mark Chimley 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 is based in rural North Derbyshire I am particularly interested in connectivity including better and more accessible broadband and improved transport links. I can guarantee local small businesses I will be fighting on their behalf on these issues and much more.”
Adam Roberts added: “Small businesses are creative, industrious and are the lifeblood of the British economy with over 70,000 in existence in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
“However, they still face a number of challenges including the outdated system of business rates and finding employees with the right skills. As a FSB Area Lead I look forward to both celebrating local small business and lobbying on the issues that matter to them.”
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “We are very proud that, as a grassroots organisation, our local volunteers help shape local policy and decisions that have massive impact on small businesses. It’s these volunteers who are able to draw on their own experiences and be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally.
“I want to congratulate Les Phillimore on the election results. I know he will be a strong advocate for businesses across the East Midlands.
“FSB was founded to enable grassroots activists to fight for change. As we look back over the last year, we can celebrate a number of significant wins for our members – £6.7 billion taken out of the business rates regime, the scrapping of NICs increases for the self-employed and reforms to Making Tax Digital – all sparked by our members being vocal at the local level.”