The role of Area Lead is voluntary and Elaine will continue with her ‘day job’ as a freelance writer and editor. She will be helping to head up the FSB’s local, grassroots lobbying activity and ensuring that the voices of small businesses and the self-employed are heard when business policies are being made.
Elaine said: “Joining the FSB was one of the first things I did when I set up my own business in 2010. Their support and services – such as legal, HR and insurance – have proved invaluable ever since.
“I have always appreciated the work that they do lobbying national, local and regional government on the issues that matter to all small businesses and the self-employed.”
“A couple of years ago I became a volunteer, supporting campaigns such as the ongoing drive to stamp out late payment and the promotion of workplace wellness. Now, I am proud to have the opportunity to step up to be an FSB Area Lead.
“I’m looking to connect with more FSB members across the region and listen to the issues they have and the help they need. I’ll be continuing to run a free, monthly virtual networking event on the third Wednesday of each month. This is primarily for businesses who work in Burton but we are often joined by businesses from further afield and it’s always a very positive hour. I always come away having learned something new and made valuable new connections. You don’t have to be an FSB member to attend.”
All the FSB’s upcoming events, including the Burton ones, can be found and booked at fsb.org.uk/event-calendar.