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The UK’s largest business group, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has elected a new national chair, Mike Cherry, to lead the organisation for the next three years.

Mr Cherry was elected at FSB’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Glasgow. During his term in office he will seek to build on his considerable success over the past six years leading FSB’s campaigning and parliamentary engagement in his former role as FSB national policy chair and policy director.

Discussing his vision for the future of FSB, Mike Cherry said: “I’ve spent most of my working life as a small business owner, in the timber and manufacturing industry, and have been a member of FSB for over 20 years. In that time I have watched this organisation go from strength to strength.

“Today FSB has a reach and an influence like never before. We are a powerful voice for small businesses. Our current credibility is hard won, but it’s still only a pale reflection of the huge contribution small business plays in generating the jobs and prosperity on which our country depends - so we need to go further and push harder.

“There is no other organisation which has the foundations in place to deliver the first class services, the real policy change, and the fantastic networking opportunities we can. Like any business, FSB needs to modernise and evolve if we are to continue to grow and meet the real challenges our members face. I’m confident we are more than up to the task.”