Kent volunteers treated to a Thank You breakfast

  • 19 Nov 2019

Members from across Kent gathered at Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham this week for a Thank you breakfast hosted by Area Leaders Deborah Turner and David Milham.

“Our volunteers have hosted 44 events this year and supported more than 1,500 people in business through their networking sessions and women in business brunches,” said Deborah Turner. “Their time and energy is really appreciated by us all so we wanted to show our thanks in person. FSB member Macknades was the perfect spot!”


The volunteers that host events in their area are:

  • Martin White, Supply My Business, Ashford
  • Simon Morgan, HR Dept, Dartford
  • Peter Searle, Searle Management Consulting, Maidstone
  • Sam Goode, Tonbridge Old Fire Station, Tonbridge
  • Wendy Flanagan, The Holistic Home, Folkestone
  • Debs Smith, Ocassio Care, Herne Bay
  • Sue Hainsby, Carlean Lettings, Northfleet
  • Pau Andrews, Jobs in Kent

Additionally, FSB members volunteer their time and represent the membership on a range of strategic boards across Kent. Many are guest speakers, sharing their expertise with other SMEs. Some of these members are:

Jay Sahota, Jarmans Solicitors

Andrea Starbuck, Ten to Two Recruitment

Tracey Westell, Pecunia

Stefano Cuomo, Macknade Fine Foods

Jemma Fairclough Haines, Orchard Employment Law

Sarah Hawes, Izzy PR

Deborah added, “These businesses all contribute to the Kent business community. We are delighted to have them as members and really appreciate them sharing their knowledge. We wanted to take the time to thank them in person and highlight the contributions they make.”


44 events

2,000 businesses supported through face-to-face networking

1,300 participants in the Skills 30:30 workshops, bringing businesses face-to-face with students


“In addition to our regular networking events, we are looking forward to some larger-scale events next year.” Deborah said.

“In different ways these events highlight issues facing a lot of our members and will either offer practical advice and training, or alternatively, the chance to celebrate success. We can’t do it without the collaboration of partners and without our members’ contributions. It all helps to raise the profile of SMEs and the self-employed and is what makes FSB one of the largest and respected not-for-profit business organisations in the UK. We are very grateful for our volunteers’ time.”



10 January          Kent Business Summit, Canterbury

5 March               International Women’s Day celebration, London

26 March             FSB South East Celebrating Small Business Awards

8 April                   FSB/ Bank of England round table

13 May                 FSB at Business Vision Live, Detling

Tbc Oct                 Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, Rochester Cathedral

7 Oct                     FSB/ Bank of England round table