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New Area Leaders hit the ground running

Since stepping into the role of Area Leaders for Leics, Northants and Rutland, Jenny Cross and Clare Elsby have already been busy in the roles and looking at plans for the future. 

As a trained accountant Clare Elsby has been lending her expertise to delivering four FSB seminars on Making Tax Digital to members across the region. She has also been meeting key stakeholders to discuss small businesses issues including meetings with the Northamptonshire police, MPs and various district councils to discuss their business support activity, and supporting local lobbying activity in Wellingborough and Kettering. Clare has also regularly been on BBC Radio Northampton discussing business issues- and her fascinating experiences in competitive ballroom dancing!

Jenny Cross has been able to lend her expertise and that of her energetic and knowledgeable team, to delivering a LinkedIn masterclass to Rutland businesses as part of the monthly Rutland FSB Connect networking. The workshop received great feedback and Jenny is looking at future locations for her and her team to share their knowledge with local members. 
Jenny and Clare also helped to deliver the Rutland Business Summit with Rutland

County Council, where to a packed room of 80 businesses, Jenny presented on connecting with your customers through social media, and Clare on streamlining your business through apps and the Cloud. The Council were delighted with the support from FSB which enabled the content to be business focussed and relevant to a busy SME owner’s life and priorities. 

Both Jenny and Clare are keen to hear from members about business issues, opportunities and ideas on lobbying, events and other activity which would benefit local SMEs. If you’d like to volunteer or simply get in touch, please email 

jennifer.thomas@fsb.org.uk