Business goes on council agendas

Local MPs and councillors are showing their support for small businesses by signing-up to be ‘Champions for Real-Life Entrepreneurs’.

Launched by the Federation of Small Businesses, Championing the UK’s Real-Life Entrepreneurs seeks to support small businesses, both through practical support and by ensuring that, at every level of Government, entrepreneurs are viewed as potential wealth, growth and job creators of the future.

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, Andrew Bingham, Conservative MP for High Peak, Councillor David Wilson and Councillor Julie Pattern of Derbyshire County Council have committed to; listen to the concerns of Real-Life Entrepreneurs and champion their cause, represent the interests of Real-Life Entrepreneurs on a national and local level, recognise the many thousands of hard-working Entrepreneurs that support the UK economy and support the FSB in their endeavours to get the best deal for Real-Life Entrepreneurs.

Natalie Gasson, FSB Development Manager, said “Now more than ever, local authorities must adopt policies and programmes that place small businesses at the heart of their agenda and directly support an entrepreneurial economy. Creating the right environment for entrepreneurship to flourish is complex, but there are key things the Government can do to make a difference. I am delighted that local MPs and councillors are keen to work with the FSB to support small businesses in the region and I look forward to working with those who have already signed up as Champions and those willing to do so.”

There will be a series of free FSB events and workshops in the New Year designed to help start-up businesses get off the ground and to give existing small business owners the tools they need to succeed and flourish.

For more information on the FSB’s Real-Life Entrepreneurs campaign, visit or email Natalie Gasson, Development Manager, on