The FSB has held a well-attended and successful Stakeholder Lunch at the historic Trent Bridge Cricket ground on the outskirts of Nottingham.
Over 30 delegates attended the event including Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts, and the Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Chris Poulter.
Other organisations represented included local universities, the British Business Bank and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Rachel Hayward, an FSB member in Derby and small businesswoman specialising in bid and award writing, opened and closed the proceedings also introducing the event's two speakers.
East Midlands FSB Policy Chair, Michael Weedon, spoke on Best in Class, an FSB document which outlines what policies local authorities can follow to help the small business community, including cheap and free retail parking and using the Localism Act to offer business rate discounts.
Michael was followed by FSB Policy Advisor, Dan Bellis, who discussed a new FSB report on Sharing Prosperity and what efforts can be made to encourage business creation in poorer UK areas following Britain leaving the European Union.
Michael Weedon said: “I was delighted to speak at the stakeholder lunch on the Best in Class document which has dozens of positive and well thought out actions for councils that want to encourage local small business growth.
“Over 50% of the attendees were from local government, some elected others full-time officials, so I am really hoping that what I talked about is taken back to town halls across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, seriously considered and then implemented.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and are millions strong so it is vital that they are supported by decision-makers and policy chiefs at local authorities across the country.”