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10 January 2014

British Business Bank Chairman to play key role at FSB Policy Conference

Reference number: PR 2014 01

FSB News Release
PR 2014 01
Issue date: Friday 10 January 2014
British Business Bank Chairman to play key role at FSB Policy Conference
Ron Emerson, Chairman of the British Business Bank will take part at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) first Policy Conference later this month. 
Mr Emerson, recently appointed to the institution, will discuss growth in the UK economy and listen to views on how the British Business Bank can best help the UK''s 4.9 million small firms to achieve their aspirations.  
The FSB has said the British Business Bank should learn lessons from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the United States. The SBA''s main focus is on helping small firms access the finance they need to grow: by 2011 its loan portfolio was worth over $80 billion, ensuring US firms got funds during the credit crunch, thereby securing an early recovery in the US economy.  The SBA also brings together key functions such as export advice, public procurement and combines them into one powerful body for small firms.
Hosted by FSB National Policy Chairman, Mike Cherry, attendees to the Conference include senior Cabinet Ministers, leading entrepreneurs, and Karen Mills. Ms Mills served as the head of the Small Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013, and was appointed by US President Barack Obama as a key member of his Cabinet. Flying over specifically for the Conference Ms Mills will contribute to economic debates.
Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: 
"We have a strong line-up of speakers to contribute to the much-needed debate on enterprise policy. We need small firms to be part of the plan to build and sustain the recovery. With the Conference happening just days after the latest growth figures are due to be announced, it will be a crucial point to discuss how Government can best help small firms to continue to grow."
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Notes to Editors: 
1. The FSB is the UK''s leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the UK''s Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk and follow on twitter @fsb_hq. 
2. Find out more about the FSB''s Policy Conference, Small Business and Government: delivering enterprise, growth and skills and the day''s agenda at https://www.fsb-policy-conference.co.uk/. 
3. Media places are strictly limited, but to request to attend, email sara.crane@fsb.org.uk 
Media contacts:
Liesl Smith: 020 7592 8128 / 07917 628926 liesl.smith@fsb.org.uk 
Sara Crane: 020 7592 8113 / 07595 067068 sara.crane@fsb.org.uk 
James Gribben: 020 7592 8121 / 07854 987974 james.gribben@fsb.org.uk 
Lucy Bell-Reeves: 020 7592 8116 / 07595 801773 lucy.bell-reeves@fsb.org.uk 
For regional FSB contacts please go to www.fsb.org.uk/regions