The FSB played a key role at an all-day conference in Nottingham with the aim of helping businesses pursue innovation.
Profiting by Innovation was an East Midlands focused event at Nottingham Conference Centre held by Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network and in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University.
Michael Weedon, the FSB Policy Representative for the East Midlands, featured as one of four speakers and presented in front of more than 100 delegates and discussed the Federation’s 2018 business report.
It calls on the Government to put more emphasis on supporting businesses to make improvements within their firms and help boost innovation and productivity.
Other speakers included businesses who have successfully used Government innovation funding to help their products flourish along with Mike Biddle, Innovation and Director of Strategy and at Innovate UK.
The FSB also had a stall at the event along with many others, such as the University of Nottingham, to talk to potential members about the benefits of joining the Federation.
Michael Weedon said: “There was a great buzz around Profiting by Innovation and I was glad to outline our thoughts on how small businesses can get to grips with innovation.
“Small businesses have so many pressing challenges at the moment, like increasing employment costs, so it is really important that the Government helps them with new policies to encourage innovation and productivity.
“The FSB looks forward to working with organisations like Innovate UK to make progress in this area as powered up innovation is vital for Britain if it wants to compete on the economic world stage against the likes of China and India.”