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FSB conference to hear about how small businesses help the local community

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull annual small business conference is being held at Coventry Conferences at the Coventry Technology Park on the evening of 12 November. A panel of speakers will discuss how small businesses contribute to the local community following the publication of the FSB report ‘Small Business Big Heart’

Delegates will hear from an expert panel of speakers including Martin Sutherland,  Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, the organization charged with delivering Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021, local business owner Holly Nixon and Victoria Roberts from HS2.

Martin was appointed as Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust in 2018. He was previously Chief Executive of Royal and Derngate theatres in Northampton and has recently been appointed chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s new Cultural Leadership Board. Martin will speak about preparations for the City of Culture and how they are working with the local community and opportunities for local businesses. 

Leamington Business owner, Holly Nixon has gone from a corporate career to launching her own successful business – Ta Dah! Business Support and Events. The business offers support through to event management and facilitation. Holly will be speaking about her business journey and how her business helps positively contribute to the local community. 

Victoria is a Business Engagement Manager at HS2 Ltd and is working with HS2s contractors and supply chain to promote the opportunities that the HS2 project can bring to local businesses across the whole route of the new railway. This is part of HS2’s role in being a good neighbour to the communities it works within. Victoria will also speak about the HS2 Community and business grants scheme and the projects in the local community that this scheme has helped to fund. 

The panel will also feature David Ayton Hill from Warwickshire County Council to talk about the work they are doing engaging with small businesses to help those furthest from the labour market into employment.

The event will be chaired by Sarah Windrum, FSB West Midlands Policy representative. 

Sarah Windrum says “I am really looking forward to what should be a great event. We have a fantastic line up of speakers at this year’s event to talk about the positive contribution that small businesses can make to the community on the back of the FSB report ‘Small Business Big Heart’. The event will provide an exciting platform to showcase examples of where small businesses are the heartbeat of their local communities and where there are further opportunities for small businesses to add value in local supply chains and community initiatives and events. I would encourage small business owners across Coventry and Warwickshire and surrounding areas to attend and join in on the conversation”

The conference is part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival. It’s free to attend and our guests will have the opportunity to network. Businesses can book via the Business Festival website.

To register for the event click here