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Local business leader Ray Hickinbottom takes key role in Federation of Small Businesses shake-up

The Federation of Small Businesses is delighted to announce the appointment of Ray Hickinbottom as Regional Chair who will lead on local grassroots campaigning. 

This  restructure of FSB will see a renewed focus on collective campaigning, both from a national and grassroots perspective across 12 major areas of the UK, overseen by Regional Leadership Groups, made up of key FSB members and staff situated at the local level.  

Ray Hickinbottom, Regional Chair, said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to this key role and want to ensure that the voice of small businesses across the West Midlands is heard.”

“I am committed to working with the area leaders that make up the West Midlands. Together we will look to support members through events and activity, and work with local stakeholders such as the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Councils to ensure small businesses are represented.

“We will have a particular focus on the WMCA and working closely with the mayor’s office to highlight the needs of our 212,000 small enterprises, with less than 250 employees, that are based within the region.”  

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “Volunteers are crucial to FSB’s success as it’s only by drawing on the experience of our members who run their own small businesses that FSB is able to be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally. Therefore, I want to congratulate Ray Hickinbottom on his new role. I know he will be a strong advocate for businesses across the West Midlands.” 
“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.”  

“Looking forward, we need to increase our focus on effectively mobilising FSB’s grassroots activists. That means creating an environment that’s goal-led, and where any small business owner from any background or walk of life can contribute to the campaigns they care about.
“This restructure is about ensuring all of our members have their voices heard and are equipped with the tools they need to create change. That is, after all, where FSB has its roots.”