Date(s) - Thu 23-Mar-17 - Sat 25-Mar-17
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will hear from the country’s leading political figures at its National Business Show and Conference 2017 this month.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Right Honourable Greg Clark MP and Leader of the Opposition Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn MP will be the headline speakers at the event, which will be held in Torquay from 23 to 25 March.
They are expected to set out their rival visions on the importance of small businesses to the economy, as the UK prepares to leave the EU. There will also be a keynote speech to members of the UK’s biggest business organisation from the leader of the biggest workers’ organisation, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
Right Honourable Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy said: “As the new Business Secretary, I’m looking forward to speaking at FSB’s National Business Show in Torquay. We have worked closely with FSB over Corporate Governance reforms to boost the supply chain, action to tackle poor payments and better public procurement. Now I want to talk to the UK small business community as we consult on the Industrial Strategy, and so the conference could not come at a better time. This Government backs the UK’s entrepreneurs, and we are making a success of Brexit. This is going to be crucial as we expand our trade to the rest of world.”
Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of HM Opposition and the Labour Party, said: “I’m delighted to be coming to FSB’s National Business Show in Torquay. Labour backs small businesses and the self-employed right across the nations and regions of the UK. They have been let down by this Government, which stands by as small businesses face rising costs, a late payment crisis, and poor infrastructure and broadband. In particular, we want a tax and benefit system that reflects the new world of work, and supports self-employment.”
The FSB National Business Show and Conference 2017 provides networking opportunities and access to advice and support for businesses owners and those thinking of setting up their own business.
Over the three days attendees can find out about the latest practical support for businesses – everything from pensions advice to how to tackle cyber crime – as well as the political policy background to the business environment and the work of FSB.
Away from politics, the line-up will include a motivational speech from Guinness World Record Holder Mike Newman, who became known as the ‘fastest blind man on the planet’ with eight records for land, air and sea speed attempts. Pete Moorey, the Head of Campaigns at the consumer group Which? will also be on the agenda at the event, which will be hosted by the TV presenter Juliet Morris.
FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, said: “The UK’s 5.5 million small businesses will be of crucial importance to the future of the UK economy as we leave the EU. I welcome that this is recognised across the political spectrum and I am delighted that such high profile figures have agreed to speak to our members.
“Although Brexit is clearly the backdrop to the business agenda, there are also a number of domestic issues and challenges for smaller businesses and the self-employed. In particular there are the challenges of the increased costs of doing business for small firms. I look forward to hearing the ideas of our guests on how to develop further a pro-business environment, in which firms can thrive and grow.”
For details visit fsb.org.uk