FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry, and FSB Chief Executive Julie Lilley recently visited South Wales to meet with members from South Wales and undertake a number of visits around the area.
First up, South Wales Development Manager Rob Basini accompanied Mike on a visit to SamosaCo, a business based in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff. SamosaCo is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Indian snack foods, supplying to some of the biggest supermarkets including Tesco and Asda as well as high-end outlets such as Wholefoods and the Ludlow Food Centre.
Both Mike and Julie then joined FSB Wales Policy Chair, Ben Francis, staff members and twelve members from a range of businesses for a roundtable session in the FSB Wales office in Cardiff. The conversation ranged over a wide area including discussion on policy issues such as skills, the Welsh business landscapes and problems caused by business rates.
Following this, Mike and Rob met with FSB member Steven Salamon of Wally’s Delicatessen, one of Cardiff’s best known businesses. Wally’s has grown up within the city centre and adapted to compete alongside some of the big brand names which have been attracted by the significant redevelopment of the area.
For his final stop of the day, Mike Cherry visited the National Assembly of Wales for a tour of the Assembly Chamber (Siambr) and to hear about how the National Assembly works in comparison to UK Parliament.
Rob Basini, South Wales Development Manager, said: “This visit was a great opportunity to show off the depth and diversity of our FSB membership here in Wales.
"FSB members are doing great things up and down the country, and it’s great to be able to show this off to our UK Chairman.”