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National role for Solihull business owner

Ian O’Donnell MBE, Director of Solihull-based, print and web-design business Real Point, has been appointed to an influential, national role by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).


Ian (pictured above) is now part of the FSB’s national Board of Directors, having joined the team that develops and delivers the organisation’s policies, procedures and programmes of small business support and lobbying.  

He has been a member of FSB for 16 years, during which time he has taken on a variety of strategic roles.

These include being Chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire area, holding a position as a National FSB Councillor and also leading policy development issues for the wider West Midlands region. 

In all of these roles, Ian has successfully lobbied Government and policymakers in order to support small businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire, the region and the UK.  Ian is currently representing FSB and small businesses on the West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street’s business advisory group.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian said:  “As a business owner and long-standing member of FSB, I am delighted to be taking on this new role.  The Federation is rightly respected by leading politicians and policymakers.  This position will allow me to do even more to support small business interests and to contribute to FSB’s on-going development.  Ultimately, I want to ensure that small businesses, which make up 99 per cent of all businesses in the UK, have their voices heard and get the support they need in these challenging times”.

Ian’s work with FSB and his contribution to local communities through voluntary roles led to him being awarded an MBE in 2015.  He lives in Coventry with his family, is a keen runner and regularly runs marathons to raise money for charity.

Ian added:  “In some ways running a business is a bit like running a marathon.  It takes huge effort, commitment and determination – but success is tremendously rewarding!”