The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) elected a new Chairman - John Wright - at its National Conference and Annual General Meeting in Belfast.
John Wright, a North East management and training consultant and currently National Vice Chairman, was elected by the FSB membership and will begin his term of office on Sunday 25 March.
He said, "It is an honour to be elected and I thank the membership for their votes. I will repay their trust through hard work and delivering results for them.
"After this week's Budget it is clear that we have work to do to persuade decision-makers of the vital role that small businesses play in the UK economy. They employ fifty eight per cent of the private sector workforce - twelve million people - and their growth is what drives Britain's economic success. Their massive contribution is taken for granted far too often. We have to change that situation. That is my priority as I set to work on our members' behalf."
Outgoing FSB National Chairman Carol Undy said, "I'm very pleased to be passing on the baton to John. I know he'll do a fine job representing small businesses. This is a crucial time for our members and his leadership will be vital to address the many issues that small businesses have to face."
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