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Federation of Small Business Monthly MP and Stakeholder Brief for May

Federation of Small Businesses Monthly Brief from Leicestershire, Northants and Rutland

May 2019

This is information from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland
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Leics and Rutland gearing up to the FSB Small Business Friendly Awards and Lunch

Senior Local Authority representatives, MPs and Stakeholders from across Leicestershire and Rutland will be joining FSB staff and members for the inaugural Small Business Engagement Lunch, featuring the Small Business Friendly Awards on July 5th. Local Authorities have been submitting their evidence of best practice in the fields of Best ‘Small Business Friendly’ Regulatory Approach, Initiative and Business Support Offer. We look forward to celebrating examples of best in class approaches to business support, and to celebrating the quality of the small business community in these two counties.

If you would like to attend the lunch and have not yet received an invitation, please contact

East Midlands FSB Award winners attend the glittering national finals in London

Loyalfree App (Leicester), Railway Project Services (Leicester) and The Crop Club (Loughborough) were among East Mids award winners to go through to the finals which were held at Battersea Evolution in London last week. The event was opened by an address from Chancellor Phillip Hammond, and once again Theresa May delivered a video message to all the finalists during the event. Actress and comedian Meera Syal hosted the evenings proceedings which were a huge success and enjoyed by around 500 attendees. The overall winners on the night were family firm Cruise Loch Ness.
If you would like to sponsor a category in the area or national finals next year, or can recommend the awards to your contacts, and for a full list of all the winners, please visit .

Access FSB comment and insight on key SME policy issues

Did you know FSBs website contains press releases, First Voice magazine articles and published research reports on all the key business issues we’re working on? These may be of use when looking for supporting comments or statistics for your work. You can access these here. If you would like more detailed information which may not be publicly available, please contact Development Manager Jennifer Thomas.

Small Business LGBT+ Pride
June is Pride month, and we are calling on LGBT+ small business owners and employees to share their stories and experiences with us as we celebrate the diversity of the small business community. We will be running a Pride campaign throughout June. If you or your contacts are interested in being involved, please email

Upcoming Local FSB Events

#FSBConnect Rutland – ‘How to double your sales in 9 months!’
Tuesday 11 June 2019, 12noon - 2pm at Wisteria Hotel, 4 Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW
Join us for networking over lunch at our new venue - The Wisteria Hotel in Oakham. Our speaker is Karl Craig-West, local FSB member and owner of Buzz Websites in Leicester. Karl will tell us how he Doubled his Sales in 9 months! Read more and book here.

FSB at Heathrow Business Summit: Nottingham
Friday 14 June, 8am - 3pm at Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH
FSB are pleased to be exhibiting and speaking at the East Midlands Heathrow Business Summit - one of 10 Regional Business Summits during 2019. The event will provide a great platform for SMEs to get a foot in the door and capitalise on the business opportunities available at Heathrow. There will be a stakeholder breakfast between 8am - 9am, with 'Meet the Buyer' appointments available throughout the day for you to promote your business to Heathrow's supply chain. More details and booking here.

#FSBConnect Northampton
Friday 14 June 2019, 7am - 9am at Delapre Golf Centre, Eagle Drive, Nene Valley Way, Northampton, NN4 7DU
Join us for networking over a hearty breakfast in Northampton. Our speaker for June is Janice Watkins from University of Northampton, who is the Changemaker Enterprise Lead for the Time2Grow programme. Janice will introduce this EU funded programme which is designed to help SME's, social enterprises and charities solve some of their most challenging problems, by accessing a skilled graduate workforce. Read more and book here.

Digital Apps and Cyber Security for Business Seminar
Wednesday 26 June 2019, 9.30am - 12noon at The Boathouse, Rushden Lakes, The Boardwalk, NN10 6FA
Join FSB over breakfast rolls as we collaborate with Barclays Bank and Northamptonshire Police to discuss strategies for protecting your business from cyber crime. FSB Area Leader, Clare Elsby, will also present on cloud applications for streamlining your business. Read more about this free event and book here.

Free Cake Friday: Future-proof Your Business
Friday 28 June 2019, 10am - 4pm at Leicester Innovation Hub, 128 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7PA
Network with the University of Leicester Innovation Hub Team, enterprising academics, innovators from local companies and recent student/graduate start-ups. FSB will be supporting this event and encourage all FSB members to come along and see how collaborating with innovative thinkers can improve their business. Read more and book here.

Grow Your Business Profile in one Morning: LinkedIn, Coaching and Speed Networking
Monday 1 July 2019, 9am - 1pm at Sketchley Grange Hotel, Sketchley Lane, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 3HU
Learn how to increase your profile and your sales and fill your pipeline with leads as well as develop a strong and supportive network both online, via LinkedIn, and in our local area through speed networking on the day. Open to FSB members and non-members alike, stay for lunch and chat over the mornings' discoveries. Read more and book here.

Join Google for free in-person workshops at 15 towns across the UK
Friday 26 July 2019, 9.30am - 4pm in Northampton - details to follow
The FSB has teamed up with Google to deliver workshops to help high street businesses grow online. Get free training from Google Digital Garage on digital marketing, social media, analytics, Google My Business and StreetView and join group mentoring sessions with trainers on the day. There are 5 separate sessions, which you can choose from. Book now.

FSB membership highlight of the month

FSB Members have automatic access to comprehensive and free tax advice and tax investigation insurance – protecting them if they’re selected for an HMRC investigation. Find out more here.

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