The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has elected volunteer members to head up the group’s local grassroots lobbying activity in the Cornwall Area.
The results of FSB’s volunteer elections have now been announced, with Edward Chapman re-elected and Zoe Howard newly elected to the position of Area Leaders for Cornwall.
Edward Chapman of Trailrunning man, said: “I am delighted to be one of the two FSB area leads for Cornwall and am looking forward to helping represent the amazing number and diversity of small business member's in Cornwall.
"I spend a lot of my time outdoors in the countryside so environmental issues are important to me. One of my priorities as an FSB area lead will be to ensure that environmental legislation and initiatives do not unfairly impact small businesses.”
Zoe Howard of Caxton Communications (pictured below), said: "After working with the FSB on various projects over the past couple of years, I'm delighted to be appointed as one of the Area Leads for Cornwall. I'm keen to do more on health and wellbeing for entrepreneurs like me and I'd like to get the FSB more closely linked with the colleges and University."
As well as Area Leaders, volunteers have also been elected locally to be representatives on the FSB National Council and as Regional Chairmen.
In the South West Region, Bodmin businessman Roger Tarrant (pictured below) has been re-elected as Regional Chairman for a second term.
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “We are very proud that, as a grassroots organisation, our local volunteers help shape local policy and decisions that have massive impact on small businesses. It’s these volunteers who are able to draw on their own experiences and be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally.
“I want to congratulate Edward, Zoe and Roger on the election results. I know they will be strong advocates for businesses across the South West and locally in Cornwall.
“FSB was founded to enable grassroots activists to fight for change. As we look back over the last year, we can celebrate a number of significant wins for our members – £6.7 billion taken out of the business rates regime, the scrapping of NICs increases for the self-employed and reforms to Making Tax Digital – all sparked by our members being vocal at the local level.”
Online voting for all local volunteers closed on 3 December and they are now starting to action their new Area Plans. Online elections for the national volunteer opportunities open on 1 March 2019.