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Coup for FSB Manchester awards as Andy Burnham attends

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It was a busy week for Manchester & North Cheshire last week. Not only did the region host three local events, but FSB also helped deliver a festive market in Rochdale as part of celebrations for Small Business Saturday!

The week kicked off last Monday evening with the final FSB Connect networking event of 2017 at the Clough Manor, Oldham. This popular event will resume in January, always on the fourth Monday of the month, between 6pm and 7.45pm. 

On Tuesday evening, FSB members in Cheshire were treated to a special session on Brexit – and what effects various UK departure scenarios might have on small firms. Delivering the speech was Peter Wilding, from the Influence Group, and former FSB EU policy adviser, Sietske de Groot, from TradePeers.  

The seminar, which heard how Peter is credited in the OED for having coined the term ‘Brexit’, explored some of the practical things that small firms might want to consider – or be forced to consider – ‘if or when’ the UK leaves the EU. 

On Thursday, the region also put on its second local business awards. Over 250 people were at the Hilton Deansgate to find out if they’d scooped a gong from the 23 categories, from Best Micro to Best Entrepreneur. 

A major coup for the region was the attendance on the evening of the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, who gave a talk at the start of the evening on the importance of small firms to the economy in GM.

For those interested in future awards, the first ever FSB North West regional awards takes place in March. Deadline for entries on January 12. If you’ve not applied yet you can do so by clicking here. It’s free to enter and non-members are also able to apply. 

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Pictured at Rochdale’s Exchange Shopping Centre on Small Business Saturday, from left: Cllr Richard Farnell, Leader of Rochdale Council; Mike Masterson, FSB Membership Adviser; Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd.


Finally, on Saturday FSB helped put on a festive market in Rochdale’s Exchange Shopping Centre. 21 stalls lined the walk way of the town centre mall to celebrate the fifth Small Business Saturday event in the UK. Local MP Tony Lloyd and Leader of Rochdale Council, Richard Farnell, stopped by to see how the event was going and are pictured on the FSB stand. The event proved so popular the shopping centre are now planning to run a small business market every three months.