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East Anglia: First FSB Policy Conference to highlight challenges facing small firms

16:13 24 January 2014

Chris Soule, chairman of the Suffolk FSB branch.

Chris Soule, chairman of the Suffolk FSB branch.

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The voice of small firms from East Anglia will be heard at a major conference in London on Monday.

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Chris Soule, regional policy chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will be among those attending the first Federation of Small Businesses Policy Conference.

Also among those due to be present are a number of Government ministers and a former adviser on small business issues to United States President Barack Obama

Mr Soule, who is also chairman of the FSB’s Suffolk branch, said: “The role of small firms has never been more important, and we are proud to have been invited to an event where we can voice the issues that Norfolk and Suffolk members are concerned about.

“We need to make sure businesses can access finance and the support they need to grow, and that they have confidence the education system will deliver school leavers with the skills they need in business.

“Whilst we already work with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, local councils and colleges, this event is an exciting opportunity for senior cabinet members, influential economists and dynamic entrepreneurs to hear the voice of East Anglia.”

In the US, the Small Business Administration, formerly headed by Karen Mills who will speaking at the conference, spearheaded efforts to remove barriers to growth for small firms. The conference will discuss whether a similar institution could work in the UK.

The FSB is streaming the conference live to a global audience. Register at www.fsb-policy-conference.co.uk and join the debate on Twitter by following and using #FSBGrowth and #FSBSkills

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