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National Business Show offers members food for thought

Members who travelled down to this year’s National Business Show spent an action-packed couple of days in Torbay in March. 

The first day saw a members-only national policy session in the morning, where delegates were able to hear about FSB’s approach to significant issues, including Brexit. 

The attack at Westminster the day before meant the main political speakers – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Business Secretary Greg Clark – were unable to attend, but both sent over video messages for the audience. 

Members also heard from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Stephen Booth of Open Europe, and took part in a lively Small Business Question Time session with several local politicians. 

Alongside the main speeches was a packed seminar programme on issues including auto-enrolment, digital marketing and apprentices, as well as a motivational speech from Mike Newman, who has eight world records as the fastest blind man by land, air and sea. 

The conference closed on the Saturday morning with a members’ question-and-answer session with the FSB board, and National Chairman Mike Cherry outlining the vision for the future of the organisation.