The chairman and secretary of the Cornwall branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have been suspended.
The FSB was making no official comment on the news today, other than to confirm that both chairman Kevin Oliver, and secretary Richard Newman, had been suspended.
Ever since Oliver was elected to the FSB post last November, his relationship with the national body has often been an uneasy one.
He helped set up the Cornwall Business Forum in the new year, which the FSB has been keen to distance itself from, and took up quite an opposing view to the national FSB on such issues as the Local Enterprise Partnership, which led to much confusion on a local level.
Ann Vandermeulen, FSB’s development manager for the Cornwall region, remains the FSB’s sposkesperson for Cornwall until further notice.