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Conference 2016 Round Up

National Conference a resounding success

FSB Expo and National Conference 2016 in Glasgow was a hugely successful event. It boasted exceptional visitor numbers, the most media coverage – print, broadcast and social media, as well as the best ever expo and a very positive AGM, at which Mike Cherry was appointed FSB’s new Chairman.

Over the course of three days, FSB welcomed over 1,100 attendees, signed up 45 new members, enjoyed the wit and wisdom of our host, BBC Journalist and Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark. They had the chance to debate all things business and politics, as well as making new connections through the networking breakfast. 

Visitors heard from a number of high profile political speakers, including Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Seminars and keynote speeches were delivered from a range of industry experts including; Ofcom’s Chief Executive, Sharon White, jam entrepreneur Fraser Doherty, Google, BSI’s experts, Epson’s European Executive Director of Vertical Business and the CEO of Bizfitech amongst many others. 

In our Expo area we put our visitors’ leadership, communication and problem solving skills to the test by taking FSB’s Armed Forces Challenge, offering free training from military instructors from the Army and Navy. 

We had a full 3-day seminar programme including presentations on branding, pensions auto-enrolment, and how to prepare for the digital marketplace and enterprise skills.

Our official service providers were on hand to give expert advice and also delivered some of the seminars, including our newly launched telecommunications service, FSB Communications, who offered a free bill checker service to members attending conference. 

Not forgetting the fantastic cocktails provided on the L&G stand (non-alcoholic but quite delicious) and the state-of-the-art bike powered printer and photocopier on Epson’s stand which literally drew the attention of our delegates.


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