Federation of Small Businesses turns 50 and celebrates the big achievements of small businesses across the East of England

Business / Tue 6th Feb 2024 at 07:37am

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are not only celebrating their 50-year anniversary, but they are also celebrating the big achievements of small businesses and the self-employed from across the East of England. 

The high-profile FSB ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards’ are free to enter and open to all, (FSB members and non-members). The deadline for applications is fast approaching though, with a closing date of Sunday 11 February. 

Ann Scott, Development Manager (Essex) at FSB, said: “The FSB Awards is an amazing chance to network, be recognised, and gain exposure. So don’t miss your chance to put your business in the spotlight”. 

She continued: “There are 5.5 million small businesses who employ 16.7 million people in the UK. They really are the backbone of our economy and at the heart of our communities. They embody the creativity and resilience that fuels the East of England’s prosperity, but many have faced an incredibly tough economic climate over the last few years. It’s therefore important to not just recognise, but celebrate, their achievements and contributions with the FSB Awards”. 

From start-ups to sustainability, there should be a category for everyone:

  1. Sustainability award 
  2. Micro business award
  3. Start-up business award 
  4. Family business award
  5. Young entrepreneur award 
  6. Community award 
  7. Innovation award
  8. Self-employed/freelancer award 
  9. Expansion and growth award
  10. Diversity and inclusion award 
  11. Service Excellence award 
  12. New for 2024: Franchise Business Award

Regional winners will be announced at the start of March with local networking events taking place to celebrate those shortlisted for the UK Final. Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens is then host to the UK Final in May, where all shortlisted will get a free ticket to attend.

For your chance to win an FSB Award, apply online, for free, before Sunday 11 February: https://www.fsbawards.co.uk/  Your business must have fewer than 250 full time equivalent employees and be based (or have your head office) in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire to enter the East of England Awards.

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1 Comment for Federation of Small Businesses turns 50 and celebrates the big achievements of small businesses across the East of England:

2024-02-06 14:45:52

We have been a member of the FSB for forty of those fifty years and we are considering what worth membership is. They were of zero support during Brexit and at times seem to Champion the government rather than Challenge it. Forget your endless rounds of Conferences, Award Ceremonies and Competitions – Award Ceremonies and Competitions are the realm of Actors and Hairdressers – FSB, you should stick to what you are paid to do. The FBS needs to represent the needs and views of Small Businesses. Simple!

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