We’re here to help small companies

MEMBERS of the Hartlepool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses new-look committee
MEMBERS of the Hartlepool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses new-look committee

A BUSINESS group is ready to support Hartlepool’s small and medium sized firms.

The town branch of the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed its new-look committee and officials say they will be doing all they can to encourage blossoming companies.

The chairman Pam Hargreaves thanked everyone who had helped in the past year, especially with the town’s hosting of the FSB’s regional annual general meeting and dinner. It was held at the Hartlepool College of Further Education in November and was viewed as a huge success.

Around 80 people attended the dinner which had not been held in Hartlepool for more than five years.

FSB national chairman John Allan was the guest speaker and told how smaller businesses were “the lifeblood of local communities, generating wealth, employment and opportunity”.

Keynote speaker was Hartlepool MP Iain Wright who described the FSB as “extraordinarily useful in making sure that policy makers are aware of the real issues that ordinary hard-working businesses are facing”.

As well as the success of the AGM, members also selected a new committee.

It consists of Pam Hargreaves as chair, Colin Griffiths and Sarah Ainslie as the vice chairmen, Sarah Ainslie also as secretary, Janice Auton as treasurer, and Mark Lloyd, Peter Greenwell, Derek Blunt and Ian Griffiths as committee members.

A spokesman for the branch said: “The new look committee showed their commitment to supporting local small to medium sized businesses in the town in the coming year and encouraged all those who are interested in more information to contact any of the above or go to the FSB website for more information.”

The next meeting will be held at the White House, in Wooler Road in Hartlepool. It will start at 6pm on Tuesday, February 11.