FSB puts more resources into regional development

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is putting more resources into supporting local businesses and has appointed two new permanent members of staff to operate from its Regional Office in Cookstown.

The appointments of Development Manager and Regional Office Administrator will support the needs of all FSB members in Northern Ireland, working at the local grassroots level and are in addition to the External Affairs team in the FSB’s Press and Parliamentary Office in Belfast.

As Development Manager, Jenny Williamson, who holds an MBA with specialism in Economic Development, has over fifteen years of experience working with small businesses across the public and not for profit sectors. As Administrator, Charlie Thomas has several years of experience in both rural development and European funding.

The FSB, which has around 7,500 members in Northern Ireland and 200,000 across the United Kingdom, provides a package of benefits to its members, as well as representing their interests to government both locally and nationally.

Speaking of the new appointments, John Friel, Chairman of the FSB in Northern Ireland said: “In these challenging, recessionary trading conditions we are committed to serving the needs of our members across the Northern Ireland. In making these appointments in our Regional Office in Cookstown the FSB is demonstrating its commitment to Northern Ireland’s small businesses and has put its money where its mouth is in terms of regional development.”

“Small businesses are vital to the local economy because they create jobs and generate wealth. By investing in our Regional administration, we are giving support to the businesses that form 99% of Northern Ireland’s private sector.”

If you want to discuss any aspect of becoming involved with the FSB or to find out about what is going on in your area please contact Jenny or Charlie at the FSB’s Regional Office, 7 Union Street, Cookstown, telephone 028 8676 9023, email jenny.williamson@fsb.org.uk or Charlie.thomas@fsb.org.uk or visit our website at www.fsb.org.uk/nireland