Change of structure to give small businesses more say

Hans Waltl
Hans Waltl

A new Scotland-wide group has been set up by the Federation of Small Businesses as part of a new drive to make it easier for more of its members to get involved.

A number of new roles have been created as part of a drive to make it easier for more members to raise issues that matter to them.

In the East of Scotland, business figures Hans Waltl and Janet Torley will be leading the small business charge, as the volunteer area leaders.

Hans Waltl, area leader for Midlothian,said: “I am looking forward to campaigning on even more of the issues which really matter to small businesses in Midlothian. I’m also looking forward to making it as easy as possible for our members to get involved and have their say.

“As well as looking to put on events of interest to smaller businesses, we’re keen to identify local issues affecting members so that we can offer support to campaign locally on them.”

Mike Cherry, FSB UK National Chairman, said: “Volunteers are crucial to FSB’s success as it’s only by drawing on the experience of our members who run their own small businesses that FSB is able to be such a strong campaigning voice – locally and nationally. Therefore, I want to congratulate Hans on his new role. I know he will be a strong advocate for businesses across Midlothian.

“FSB was founded to enable grassroots activists to fight for change. As we look back over the last year, we can celebrate a number of significant wins for our members. We saw the scrapping of planned NICs increases for the self-employed. In Scotland, 104,000 small businesses saved a total of £226 million in the last year alone through the landmark Small Business Bonus scheme. This was all sparked by our members being vocal at the local level.

“Looking forward, we need to increase our focus on effectively mobilising FSB’s grassroots activists. That means creating an environment that’s goal-led, and where any small business owner from any background or walk of life can contribute to the campaigns they care about.

“This restructure is about ensuring all of our members have their voices heard and are equipped with the tools they need to create change. That is, after all, where FSB has its roots.”