Monday, March 10, 2014

News: Spotlight moves to B&Q

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is putting local trade first and foremost as its popular free networking event moves to a new venue in Rotherham.

The FSB is the UK's largest business organisation representing around 200,000 small businesses. Recognising the importance of networking in developing relationships and future business, the South & East Yorkshire branch regularly hosts "Business in the Spotlight" events which have grown with each successive event since its inception five years ago. An average businesses attendance of over 80 delegates was being maintained throughout 2103.

Now the the event begins at a new home, B&Q Tradepoint at the Cortonwood Retail Park, on March 19, 5pm - 7pm.

A spokesperson for FSB in South & East Yorkshire, said: "The event is open to member and non-member organisations, presenting a great opportunity to get together with other organisations, network, buy, sell, and seek out joint trading collaborations.

"The "Business in the Spotlight" concept is supremely simple: there are no star guests, no keynote addresses, no after-dinner speeches, just you and a hundred other organisations doing what you do best - spreading the word about your respective companies as you meet, mix and mingle."

The latest FSB Small Business Index shows an increasing number of businesses want to create jobs in the next three months. This marks the third consecutive quarter of job creation in small firms and provides yet more signs that confidence is returning and that momentum behind economic growth is being maintained.

The survey of almost 3,000 businesses shows 15 per cent wish to take on more people in the coming quarter and 11 per cent have increased staff in the previous three months. It also showed that almost two thirds of small firms in the survey expect to grow in the next 12 months, and one in four plan to increase the amount they invest in their business. 25 per cent of firms expect to see an increase in export activity in the coming three months and 10 per cent report growth since Q4 2013.

Business in the Spotlight Event website
FSB website

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