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FSB – you’ve got to be in it to win it!

FSB lobbies at every level of Government for small business interests and in its East Sussex Region Policy achievements 2017 East Sussex highlighted a ‘big six’ of policy wins. These included new Accord signings with Councils in Brighton and Hove and in Lewes District. “Accords give us regular meetings with Council leaders to lobby on issues such as business rates, parking charges or their local procurement record,” said FSB Development Manager, Martin Searle. FSB now has Accord meetings with all the Council leaders in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.   

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FSB also represents smaller businesses at South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). Here key decisions are made that allocates £millions into investment projects in the south east such as road infrastructure, business premises and free business advice. “FSB have lobbied for duelling on the A21 and the business premises such as at Pacific House, Eastbourne and Glovers House, north Bexhill,” said Regional Policy Chairman, Clive Soper. Clive is pictured left, with Graham Peters, East Sussex business leader for SELEP at the launch of the Newhaven Enterprise Zone. In Brighton and Hove FSB is active on the Brighton and Hove Business Partnership, making the case for sustainable transport in the City, ultrafast broadband and more, affordable business premises for smaller businesses to grow.

FSB continues to campaign for the extension of High Speed rail (HS1) to Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. This could be a real economic game changer to the area. Home Secretary and Hastings and Rye MP, Rt Hon. Amber Rudd is leading on this and we have been active at her Rail Summits and on television and radio, lobbying Network Rail on the call for action. FSB in East Sussex exhibited at Careers Fairs in Hove, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill and Wealden this year, talking to young people about how to be ‘work-ready’ and planting the seed that one day they may wish to start their own business. FSB supports the charity Young Enterprise at their Trade Fairs and sponsored the ‘Best Company’ category in the Eastbourne and Hastings final. We also sponsored the Best Entrepreneurial Student category at University of Brighton, Business School Prize giving.

Testament to our influence on small businesses behalf, we have welcomed MPs and Council leaders to speak at our #FSBConnect business breakfasts - including Huw Merriman MP for Bexhill and Battle, Peter Chowney, Council leader for Hastings Borough and David Tutt, Council leader for Eastbourne Borough. Want to get involved in our 2018 plans? Talk to your Development Manager martin.searle@fsb.org.uk