FSB celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which was born in St. Annes, celebrated their 40th anniversary at the weekend with an exhibition and dinner in Blackpool.

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The day included a business expo in the Winter Gardens where around 20 firms were involved, as well as entertainment in the square outside, including local artists and talented young entertainers, a climbing wall and slides.

Over 100 guests attended a dinner at the Viva Showbar where the FSB Lancashire and Cumbria committee were praised by John Allan, honorary national chairman.

John cut a specially-made birthday cake before saluting the local team, with other festivities including the screening of a birthday message on Blackpool Tower, headline act Peter Anthony and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers pop band.

There was also a raffle raising money for the Blackpool Illuminations fund, with the lucky winner getting the opportunity to switch on the lights.

John said: “Eight out of every ten jobs created recently in this country has come from small businesses.

“Our intervention prior to the last Autumn Statement has produced major results for SMEs.

“These include a reduction in rates of around £1,000 for every shop and pub in the High Street.

“SMEs are in the vanguard, assisting in the regeneration of the national economy.”

Local MP Gordon Marsden added: “It’s viva the FSB. They are an influential organisation and of real value to the local community.

“What impresses everybody across the board – in Parliament, in Government and in politics – is that their organisation has expanded enormously and become influential. “In the next few years they have a chance to extend that influence.”