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

  • 07 Jan 2021

The FSB England Policy Unit (EPU) are delighted to welcome 7 new Policy representatives to sit on the eleven strong body that will set the strategic direction for the FSB policy team across the 9 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)

Paul Wareham (North West)

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

There is one position still to be filled.

The West Midlands is a strategically important region, home to over 11,000 FSB members. Much of the Area is covered by a metro mayor and combined authority, it has a population of more than 5.8 million people and with an economic output of more than £127 billion. There are 32 local authorities and 60 Members of Parliament. The West Midlands region are delighted to welcome Nishi Mehta into the role.

New Policy Representative for West Midlands region Nishi Mehta (pictured above), said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the new FSB Policy Lead for the West Midlands, particularly during this time of uncertainty when small businesses need to respond to the ongoing challenges of the Covid crisis and adjust their business models post Brexit. 

"Furthermore, it is during difficult times and when in a delicate economic eco-system, we are all reminded that when faced with adverse market conditions it can have far reaching consequences for small businesses. 

"With a specialism and passion for Diversity and Inclusion I have grown my own business and serviced contracts in both the private and public sector. I look forward to using my expertise to help champion the needs of small businesses as well as representing those businesses that are unable to operate including the newly self-employed, those in supply chains and businesses who are ineligible for funding.”

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.”