The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has appointed entrepreneur Michael Weedon as their regional Policy Representative for the East Midlands.
As Policy Representative for the East Midlands, Michael will be the formal link connecting FSB’s National Policy to this region’s small businesses.
He will support FSBs campaigns to ensure that the crucial voice of small business is heard by local and national government, media, and where the key decisions are being made.
Michael (pictured) is very well qualified for the role, and has represented small businesses to government and in the media for many years. Prior to setting up in business, Michael was Director of Communications and Deputy Chief Executive at the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA).
Now running his own consultancy firm, he is a writer, researcher, analyst, and regular contributor on TV, radio in the press and online, with a specialist knowledge of small shops and high streets.
Michael will be supporting FSBs national campaigns which reflect the Big Voice research and business issues of FSBs national membership, and also picking up on trends and issues affecting the East Midlands in particular.
Michael commented: "This work is important. Small businesses make up more than 99 of every hundred companies in the country, employ six out of ten private sector employees and their combined turnover adds up to £1.9 trillion a year.
"They are vitally important to the economy of the UK and will be crucial to all of our fortunes over the next ten years as we move out of the EU and into a new world of business."
Despite his busy schedule as a consultant, Michael is so far enjoying getting stuck into his new role and meeting members across the patch.
"Running a small business you can feel isolated. You are not. You are part of the majority. The FSB exists to help small businesses thrive and to survive and to make sure that government understands their value and doesn't stop them doing what they do so well - creating value and employment."
"The East Midlands is a wonderfully diverse region to represent, a centre of cutting edge manufacturing, vital agricultural production and central to logistics and distribution."