FSB’s East Midlands Covid Support and Lobbying Report Published

  • 30 Jul 2021

The Power of Our Community

A new regional report which reflects on the strength of the East Midlands small business community throughout the pandemic and the wins the FSB has achieved for local members is now available for download.

Entitled, “The Power of Our Community”, the new report details how the staff and volunteers of FSB in the region have over-performed to serve, support and fight for our 12,000+ small business owners since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis.


The report covers a wealth of activity since March 2020 delivered by the staff and volunteers of the FSB across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland. It accounts how while SMEs across the UK were suffering from the impacts of the worst economic downturn in 300 years, three lockdowns, various tiers, shifting restrictions and limitations, challenging consumer behaviour, patchy funding and complex HR issues, the East Midlands FSB team stepped up to:

  • Offer front line, one-to-one support to individual members throughout the day and night to assist with concerns, financial worries, employment problems and general pastoral and wellbeing checks.
  • plan and deliver over 200 separate events to more than 1,500 attendees. Each event was designed to help small businesses to understand and navigate the restrictions, work safely, access funding and stay connected with other SMEs and self-employed people
  • lobby 46 MPs for fair and proportionate funding and straightforward, consistent messaging for constituency businesses
  • work with 44 councils to deliver business grants and support schemes
  • feed-in “real time” intelligence about the myriad issues small business were facing week-on-week to local and national Government, regulators, policy makers, skills bodies, and funding experts
  • speak up and stand up for SMEs and the self-employed across a record numbers of media appearances as the pandemic and the associated issues progressed

Significant local achievements won on behalf of the region’s small businesses that feature in the report include: working with Lincolnshire County Council to form an unprecedented £12 million grant scheme; making the case for the HS2’s Eastern leg to go ahead; and collaborating to launch ‘Recovery Through Enterprise’, a localised support scheme delivered throughout the crisis for businesses in East Northamptonshire.


“The Power of Our Community” goes on to look ahead to the many opportunities and projects FSB is lining up across the counties to support local business recovery, growth, start-ups and diversification.

FSB’s East Midlands Regional Chair Les Phillimore stated his pride in all the local team has achieved through care, hard work and partnership and what he sees is needed for the future:

Our mission is to help smaller businesses survive through these difficult times and ultimately achieve their ambitions. Our vision is to be recognised as the most influential and trusted organisation representing the voice of all small businesses, in every region and nation of the UK. At a regional level here in the East Midlands, we strive to support, celebrate and stand up for our members.

“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the East Midlands team – staff and volunteers – has gone above and beyond to provide practical assistance to members and lobby tirelessly for fair aid in their time of great need. I am proud to be part of FSB East Midlands and am optimistic for our future, but this is the time for everyone – businesses, consumers, MPs, agencies, financial services and all tiers of government – to step up to the challenge and help us all deliver strong and lasting growth.”

You can read the full report here