Business group applauds its passionate volunteers

Local News 14 Feb 2022

FSB is rightfully proud of the selfless work done by its volunteers

A collage of FSB London volunteers

Leading small business owners from across London region who volunteer to support the wider SME community through the UK’s biggest business representation group have been recognised at a high-profile national event.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) provides opportunities for its members to volunteer to play a key role in giving a big voice to the small business community with political decision-makers and other stakeholders at all levels across the UK.

TV presenter Kate Humble hosted an online ‘Volunteer Recognition’ celebration, where more than 130 entrepreneurs were given thanks for the contribution they make on behalf of small businesses in their local areas.

Among those honoured from across the FSB London volunteer team, eleven received nominations including:

  • Bayo Igoh (FSB Lewisham Event Lead & FSB Lewisham Borough Action Group Lead)
  • Celia Rizothanazi (FSB Kingston & Richmond Event Leads)
  • Chandra Sharma (FSB Bromley Event Lead & FSB Bromley Borough Action Group Lead)
  • David Clare (FSB North London Area Lead / FSB North London Event Lead)
  • Grace Graham (FSB Hackney Event Lead and FSB London Diversity & Inclusion Policy Lead)
  • Rowena Howie (FSB London Policy Lead)
  • Sarah Marsh-Collings (FSB Bromley Borough Action Group)
  • Sat Pillai (FSB London Environment Policy Lead / Chair, FSB Environment Policy Unit)
  • Zeenat Noorani (FSB Bromley Borough Action Group)

Also recognised for his efforts was Michael Lassman – FSB London Regional Chair, who said: “It was important that our small business owning volunteers were highlighted for the time and effort they put in to support others – especially at a time when they have had so many other challenging issues facing their own businesses. 

A collage of FSB volunteer awards champions

“FSB is rightfully proud of the selfless work done by its volunteers, and it was a great honour to be recognised alongside so many of them at the event. It was also a real pleasure to hear of the work done by our members throughout this area and beyond to ensure the voice of small businesses is loudly heard in every part of the UK.”

FSB’s National Chair Mike Cherry said: “The UK’s 5.4 million small businesses and self-employed are not only the backbone of the economy, they are also at the heart of local communities – creating innovation, growth, jobs and opportunities. Our passionate volunteers are a key part of FSB giving a powerful and authentic voice when it comes to the needs, experiences and aspirations of hard-working entrepreneurs right across the UK, and I’m extremely proud to have seen that celebrated at FSB’s Volunteer Recognition 2022. Alongside our expert staff team, our volunteers help to make FSB such an effective campaigning and business support organisation, in touch constantly with its members.”

Julianne Ponan, CEO Creative Nature said: “I was absolutely honoured to be able to supply our Top 14 Allergen Free Gnawbles chocolate snacks for the FSB Volunteers recognition event. We saw 100’s of incredible comments where people were able to enjoy their goody bags no matter their dietary requirements. As a small business owner, myself I know first-hand how incredible important they are in helping entrepreneurs and campaigning for the best for small business.

"The event was inspirational to see so many faces virtually and recognise the hard work going on across the country. Giving my time to speak at events for the FSB makes me feel like I’m really making a difference to help other entrepreneurs.”

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