Genus One's director, Mark Chimley, is an area leader for the Federation of Small Businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The FSB in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
The FSB supports businesses at both a local and national level, lobbying government and campaigning to ensure the needs of small businesses are taken into account during policy-making.
One of the roles of area leader is to work with local businesses to ensure issues relevant to them are addressed by the FSB at local, regional and national level. If there is a topic you would like to see us cover or if you have a specific issue where the FSB may be able to help, please scroll down to find ways you can contact us.
FSB Member Profile
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If you're an FSB member in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire just get in touch and send us some details to create your profile in this section.
10 - 11.30am, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Chesterfield
Following on from our business roundtable events we're touring the different localities in the area to provide details of how to get more involved with the FSB and make the most of the benefits available to members. The event is open to both members and non members and is free to attend. Book here.
Fri 8th Feb: Maximise Your Membership
10 - 11.30am, Everyday Champions Centre, Newark
The second in our series of area-wide business engagement events is in Newark. Join us for details of how to get more involved with the FSB and make the most of the benefits available to members. The event is open to both members and non members and is free to attend. Book here.
Fri 23rd Nov: High Peak Business Summit on the UK’s deal with the EU
University of Derby, Buxton
Ruth George, MP for High Peak, organised a meeting of local businesses to hear their views on Brexit in advance of the parliamentary vote. Your area leader attended to represent the FSB.
Amongst the businesses represented, there was an overwhelming desire to remain in the EU (about 95%). About half of those in the room said they would need a customs union to avoid the direct affects of tarifs and about 90% said there would be a detrimental affect to them of leaving the single market. The fear of tarifs was leading to some businesses contemplating relocation into the EU.
Concerns were raised about the lack of any detailed information regarding services since all the political talk seemed to just focus on goods. One business said the deal needed to better address the concerns of those who voted to leave. Another cited a drop in sales already, due to businesses holding back on investment. Regulations were generally welcomed as they provide a level playing field and a mark of quality in extra-EU trade.
Thu 15th Nov: Business Engagement Roundtable
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham
We held a roundtable meeting with local businesses to gather their views on topics and issues of direct relevance to them. Our regional policy representative gave a presentation on the lobbying activity of the FSB and the range of topics it campaigns upon.
It was very useful to hear the views of the business attendees. These covered topics including funding, getting the voice of SBs heard, barriers to public sector procurement, cyber security, connectivity and digital marketing in relation to GDPR.
We will be holding further business engagement events in other parts of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area in the coming months.
7th November: D2N2 LEP Strategic Economic Plan Consultation
D2N2 currently operates as a 50:50 public / private partnership but will have 2/3 private funding in the future. Jobs are increasing in the area but productivity is decreasing so the Growth Hub focus going forward will be on productivity rather than job creation.
LEPs have a tendency to focus on large-scale developments but small businesses provide a substantial part of local economies in terms of both employment and income. Questions were raised concerning the lack of specific focus in the plans on topics such as addressing declining high streets and supporting tourism.
How to get in touch
If you are an FSB member or other local small business, the FSB would be interested to hear your views.
A human mind will easily work out that all FSB officials can be contacted by email using firstname.lastname @ fsb.org.uk but AI-powered spam bots should hopefully struggle to understand this!