FSB member and small business owner, Chandra Sharma pledged last year to help Bromley borough’s hard-pressed high streets.
Chandra Sharma, who runs his own office supplies firm in Orpington town centre is passionate about small businesses and promoting opportunities for businesses to network and connect.
In August 2018, Chandra Sharma, on behalf of the FSB, invited Bromley borough’s businesses via the local media to contact him if they were facing issues affecting their business that could be brought to the attention of the Council and FSB London. Also, Chandra wanted to provide opportunities for businesses to network with each other and keep trade local.
The inaugural monthly ‘FSB Lunchtime Curry & Networking’ event took place on 12 September 2018 at the Masala Dabbas in Orpington High Street which, as a small business, has recently joined the FSB themselves having seen the value of the membership on offer.
In November, Chandra, along with FSB London’s new Development Manager – Sarah King and Rajan Naran, FSB London’s Area Sales Manager met with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Renewal, Recreation and Housing to discuss the FSB Manifesto and Small Business Partnership for local authorities.
December saw the Small Business Saturday (SBS) campaign return to help shine a spotlight on Bromley borough’s small companies. The campaign is also promoted by the FSB and for 2018, FSB London helped raise the profile of SBS across the borough by writing to each of the 59 Councillors in the Council, the 3 local MPs, and the Business Improvement District (BIDS) Managers to all get behind SBS.
2019 saw the first ‘FSB Lunchtime Curry & Networking’ take place on 11 January with guest speaker, Jo Johnson MP, who spoke about various items topical to small businesses hosted a mini Questions & Answers session too. The event was very well received.
For information about future ‘FSB Lunchtime Curry & Networking’ events in Orpington, please see: https://www.fsb.org.uk/regions/greater-london/events
New for 2019, Chandra Sharma is looking forward to launching the first ‘FSB Lunchtime Food & Networking’ event in Bromley on 15 February at the Cow & Pig Bromley, 39 East Street, BR1 1QQ. More details at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fsb-lunchtime-food-networking-bromley-tickets-53803500719?aff=calendar
The London Borough of Bromley is now working closely with the FSB through FSB member, Chandra Sharma who is helping to make Bromley a better place for small businesses and to ensure ‘Bromley means business’.
Are you a FSB member keen to get more involved within your local borough/community? Would you like to organise and host a programme of business networking events supported by FSB London? If yes, please get in touch with the FSB London Development Team. Email: Matthew.Jaffa@fsb.org.uk / Sarah.King@fsb.org.uk / Karen.Thompson@fsb.org.uk