FSB welcomes LEP appointment

Ann Vandermeulen with new LEP chairman Chris Pomfret

The Federation of Small Businesses’ Cornwall development manager has welcomed the appointment of chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Ann Vandermeulen, who was closely involved in the recruitment of Chris Pomfret, said: “We made sure that candidates were all asked in detail about what they thought the LEP could do for small businesses and we had some very positive and creative answers.

“I am very pleased that Chris has taken on this challenge and have every confidence that, with his experience, the small businesses in the county will be given every consideration and help under his leadership and we look forward to working with him.”

And Vandermeulen urged the business community to embrace the opportunity presented by the LEP. She added: “Open communication will be an ongoing theme through the life of the LEP and it is a golden opportunity for business to shape the future of their own economy and business environment.

“The FSB is asking businesses to make absolutely sure that this chance does not pass any of them by. There will be many ways for businesses to interact with the process and anyone can have a voice, even starting with the simplest email or phone call to us. The FSB will inform businesses of more communication methods as they become live but now really is the time to step up to the plate.”


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  1. It should be made very clear that the locally elected members of the FSB have not been part of this process. The FSB and other business representative groups locally have been specifically excluded by Cornwall Council.

    We live in hope that Mr Pomfret can bridge the divide that exists between the business community and the council.

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