Two Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Officers from Cornwall were delighted to accept a personal invitation from the Prime Minister to a reception to celebrate small businesses at No 10 Downing Street last week.
Business organisations from around the country were invited to the business reception with Lord Mandelson Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and Business Minister Mervyn Davies. Representing Cornwall were Carol Wells, who is the FSB’s National Vice Chairman, and Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, the FSB’s National Councillor for Cornwall.
Both are business owners based in Cornwall and they took the opportunity to speak to Ministers and senior civil servants to reinforce FSB national policy messages with evidence from fellow Cornish businesses. They joined other FSB National Councillors and senior Officers from around the country, led by the National Chairman John Wright CBE who was recently honoured for his work with the Federation.
Eathorne-Gibbons said: “It was a great opportunity to reach into the heart of government to leave messages which are critical to the support of our local rural communities and businesses. Our successes have included the formation of the small business fund but we are pressing for extra investment in transport and computer broadband. This will really show support for places like Cornwall.”
Wells added: “Lobbying is a very important part of the work of the FSB and local business evidence is vital to that aim. We are fast approaching a General Election. We need to hear there is practical support for the small business sector that all parties acknowledge will play a significant part in the recovery from economic recession”.