Local volunteers shortlisted for national award for helping local small business community

  • 24 Jan 2020
Local volunteers Sandra Garlick MBE, founder of the Woman Who network, and Liz Katz, Managing Director at Noisegate Media, have been shortlisted in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) UK Volunteer Awards 2020. The winners will be  announced at the annual FSB Volunteer Conference in London on 4 February. 

With six award categories, the Awards aim to recognise the excellent work undertaken and recognise and acknowledge volunteers that provide their time to ensure that the small business voice is not only heard, but also acted upon.


As area leaders of Warwickshire and Coventry, Sandra Garlick MBE and Liz Katz have been shortlisted for the individual project award. This award is for a project that has significantly delivered against the FSB’s objectives. 

The local project nominated for the award is the annual FSB Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Stakeholder lunch which brings together and recognises local authorities and MPs in the region that have undertaken and delivered initiatives that promote and champion local economic development. This project forms part of the FSB’s campaigning and lobbying activity locally and aims to encourage networking and sharing of best practice within local authorities across the region to benefit small businesses.

Sandra Garlick MBE has also been nominated for the special contribution award, which recognises FSB members who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in the support of the FSB and its members.

Lee Osborne, FSB Development Manager for Warwickshire and Coventry said, ‘It is fantastic to see business owners and volunteers from Coventry and Warwickshire being acknowledged for their help and support at a national level. It’s a great way to say a huge thank you for their commitment to supporting small businesses, and also to celebrate some of their successes. We are very grateful to all our volunteers who run their own small businesses, and yet still give their time to help raise the profile of our local small business community. We wish Sandra and Liz good luck in the Award final.’


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) exists to help small businesses achieve their ambitions. FSB’s volunteers, who all run their own small businesses, play a vital role in its success. The awards recognise and acknowledge this work which helps to ensuring that small businesses continue to contribute to the UK’s local and national economies and communities.