The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has elected volunteer members to head up the group’s local grassroots lobbying activity across Scotland.
Angus based business consultant Charles Goodall has been elected as Region Group Chair and will lead a Scotland-wide group charged with growing the local grassroots campaigning and activity across the country.
Commenting on his election, Charles Goodall said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to this key role and want to ensure that the voice of small businesses across the Scotland is clearly heard.
“I look forward to working with our volunteers and staff to represent the interests of our diverse and vibrant population of members and small businesses to ensure we stay at the heart of the local debate and at the forefront of business policy decision-making.”
Pearl Hamilton, a Moray based businesswomen who runs Pearl’s Pet Care in Forres takes up the post of National Councillor. Pearl, who has a wealth of experience in running a small business, having been an ever present on the high street for over 35 years, will now represent Scotland on the 12 strong National Council, led by Mike Cherry.
Along with the national positions, the FSB volunteer elections also saw two Area Leaders elected, with both Perth based Euan Dear from Stag Landscapes and Gardens and Denis Pinto, who runs Caledonia Flow Systems Ltd in Aberdeen, taking the lead on the ground across the North East.
Euan Dear said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up this key role within FSB and working with the thousands of small businesses across the Angus and the North East that contribute so much to both the local economy and wider Scottish economy.
“FSB is a grassroots, membership lead organisation and I look forward to campaigning on even more of the issues which really matter to small businesses across the area.”
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “We are very proud that, as a grassroots organisation, our local volunteers help shape local policy and decisions that have massive impact on small businesses. It’s these volunteers who are able to draw on their own experiences and be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally.
“I want to congratulate Charles, Pearl, Euan and Denis on the election results. I know they will all be a strong advocates for businesses across the North East and Scotland.
“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.”
Online voting for all local volunteers closed on 3 December. Online elections for the national volunteer opportunities open on 1 March 2019.