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Chairman’s Update

Things are getting busier with our regional membership and branch activity increasing and it’s been good to meet some new members at recent events.

I’ve recently been involved in a number of meetings around exporting, so, hopefully we’ll be able to host some events over the coming months for markets not affected by Brexit. This will help your business to meet the demand in new markets and boost your own sales.

To help represent our rural members I sit on the North East Farming Rural Advisory Network to ensure that their voice is heard. At a recent meeting it was highlighted that a good percentage of the issues the rural areas have been facing aren’t actually directly related to the EU an important factor when identifying the challenges facing our rural members. There is currently grant funding available for rural businesses involved in tourism, food processing and manufacturing.

The North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has been established as part of the European Marine & Fisheries Fund and secured £800,000 for the coastline from Berwick to North Shields.

It’s important that we have an input from our members on various issues, so please support David Blakelock, our Regional Policy Representative, by letting him know about the various issues affecting your business.

Keep an eye on Bytesize and the FSB Calendar for the branch and regional eventsand remember to follow us on Twitter too: @FSBnortheast @FSBSthTyneWear @FSBWomenNE to help us keep you as up to date as possible.