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North Yorkshire FSB Members on BBC’s Countryfile

Two FSB North Yorkshire members were featured on BBC’s popular Countryfile programme this week, appearing with regular host, John Craven.

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The episode was filmed in Helmsley and saw John creating a special stick with husband and wife team Keith & Jacky Pickering from the local business, The Stick Man.

Jacky said “It was a great honour to be asked by the BBC to take part in Countryfile, John Craven and the crew were a pleasure to work with. It's such a good way of promoting small business in the country side. We do need better transport links in rural areas so our businesses can grow.”

Also featured was Celebrate Country, a cake design who provided the stock cakes.
FSB North Yorkshire Development Manager, Carolyn Frank said “This was a great PR opportunity for FSB members The Stick Man, whose business in Helmsley is typical of so many of our members; a small business established initially from a hobby which has grown to support a family through hard work.

Rural areas need to be supported and hopefully showcasing businesses like Keith and Jackys helps to get the message out there that government needs to support both SMEs and the rural economy.”

“There are many pressures on small businesses, with rising costs including new additional costs to implement Making Tax Digital, uncertainty around Brexit and especially in rural areas a lack of investment in digital connectivity, transport and a shortage of affordable housing to attract younger people to work where they grow up.

This must be addressed through plans for the Industrial Strategy, and rural areas should be acknowledged as important and having different needs to metropolitan areas.” 
If you missed the programme (aired on 27 Jan) it’s available on the BBC iPlayer.