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Disability Confident event brings Minister to 1066 Country


FSB met Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Works and Pensions at a sunny, south coast get-together promoting the Government’s Disability Confident scheme for employers.

Organised by Huw Merriman MP for Bexhill and Battle, FSB attended, together with a number of business members who responded to the call in the Sussex FSB e-newsletter. Pictured at the event are Huw Merriman MP (right) and Esther McVey MP (second left).

Fern Lulham (left), a local businesswoman with a background in radio and media,  gave a rousing and inspirational talk on the benefits of the Disability Confident scheme and how employers can benefit from the loyalty, hard work, talent and ‘can-do’ attitude of disabled people. “We also highlighted that self-employed entrepreneurs are a diverse and growing sector in their own right these days.

People from all walks of life run, and are considering running, their own business and this can be a positive choice for someone with a disability”, said Martin Searle, Development Manager for Sussex. To find out more and sign up to become a disability confident employer go to:    

Following the event, FSB’s Clive Soper, South East Policy representative took the opportunity to share with the Secretary of State, the MP briefing on our #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign.

“Our asks are clear in terms of business policy changes and legislation to support the 4.8 million to climb higher”, said Clive. These include simplifying the tax system, giving new start firms a step up, equal access to financial products and supporting pensions and savings.

Find out more at: #ThinkSelfEmployed where you can also download the agenda that Clive spoke about with Rt Hon Esther McVey MP and Huw Merriman MP.