A roundtable event for FSB members from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire took place at the world-famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in mid-November.
The meeting gave the opportunity for local businesses to outline views, concerns and local success stories to both FSB professional staff and senior volunteers based in the East Midlands.
A whole range of issues were discussed including business rates, infrastructure, connectivity and how Brexit will effect small businesses.
The topic of public sector bodies making more use of local small businesses in the procurement process was also highlighted.
A special section of the roundtable was led by Michael Weedon, FSB Retail & High Street Policy Unit and East Midlands Policy Lead, on developing a FSB policy plan for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and to be delivered by professional staff over the next year.
The event was chaired by Michael Watkinson, FSB Development Manager for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Michael said: “This was both a fantastic and successful event and I am grateful for those who could attend taking the time out from running their small businesses to do so – all the input was invaluable.
“We hope to do similar events in the future. They are a vital way for grassroots FSB members to engage with myself and others and to outline what is required to assist local businesses to grow from strength to strength.
“Rest assured all the crucial issues brought up by our members – from Brexit to Business Rates – will be used to develop local policy priorities for the FSB and briefed to the many stakeholders we have relationships with such as MPs and local council leaders.”