FSB salutes its volunteer Covid-era champions


A group of enthusiastic small business owners from the London region who have stepped up to support their fellow businesses during the Covid crisis have been honoured by Britain’s biggest business representation group. 

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) launched its first ever ‘Volunteer Champions’ awards programme to recognise the amazing contribution local small business owners have made to support FSB in its work to help and promote the SME community throughout the past year.

FSB volunteer champions from across nine London boroughs – Bayo Igoh of Lewisham, Sat Pillai of Hounslow, Chandra Sharma of Bromley, Grace Graham of Hackney, Pete Avery of Southwark, David Clare of Barnet, Tara Furlong of Brent, Celia Rizothanasi of Kingston and Richmond were all honoured at the virtual awards which saw more than 120 FSB members across the UK with 14 from the London region recognised for their efforts in policy work, events, media support or membership sales help.

One of those saluted – FSB London Regional Chair Michael Lassman – said he was delighted to have been recognised along with the many other volunteers in this region who had gone the extra mile for their fellow SMES during a very challenging year.

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“It was a very enjoyable event, attended by many key stakeholders, and it showed again just how many FSB members across the London region  and beyond have stepped up to the plate and tried to ensure we do everything we can to help fellow business owners to get all the information, support and advice they need at this critical time. It is a source of real pride to see what a passionate group of volunteers we have at FSB.”

FSB‘s National Chairman Mike Cherry added: “Despite the most challenging of times, our volunteers, all of whom run their own small businesses, have come forward  and given their time to be part of FSB, and help their local business communities. 

“The approach and support offered by staff and volunteers alike is one of FSB’s key and unique strengths, and has been vital in helping small businesses and the self-employed to get through this extraordinarily difficult period. I am delighted to see our volunteer team receive a well-deserved thank you for their amazing levels of support.”

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