Local business leader David Dexter has been appointed by the Federation of Small Businesses as its regional chair.
David, who was a founding FSB member and is also the Deputy Chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will lead on grassroots campaigning as part of a restructure of the FSB.
There will be a renewed focus on collective campaigning across 12 major areas of the UK, overseen by Regional Leadership Groups.
David Dexter said: “As a founder member of FSB, I’m delighted to have been appointed to this key role in the new structure to continue the success of the organisation, and I want to ensure that the voice of small businesses across East Midlands is heard.
“I am committed to working with the newly appointment area leads that make up the East Midlands including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland covered by Les Phillimore and John Hardwick, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire covered by Melanie Ulyatt and Adam Roberts, and Greater Lincolnshire & Peterborough covered by myself and Neil Sharpley.
“Together we will look to support members through events and activity, and work with local stakeholders such as the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Councils to ensure small businesses are represented.”
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “Volunteers are crucial to FSB’s success as it’s only by drawing on the experience of our members who run their own small businesses that FSB is able to be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally.
Therefore, I want to congratulate David Dexter and the area leads on their new roles. I know they will be a strong advocate for businesses across East Midlands.
“This restructure is about ensuring all of our members have their voices heard and are equipped with the tools they need to create change. That is, after all, where FSB has its roots.”