Elec­tion process boost for democ­racy of FSB

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Mike Cherry Na­tional Chair­man FSB

THE Fed­er­a­tion Of Small Busi­nesses (FSB) has opened its on­line nom­i­na­tions for both lo­cal and na­tional vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In a move to­wards greater democ­racy, FSB hopes to in­crease the di­ver­sity of busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence of its mem­bers stand­ing for elected of­fices this year by hold­ing both nom­i­na­tions and vot­ing on­line.

Un­like in pre­vi­ous years, mem­bers will not have to at­tend a lo­cal FSB An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing to take part.

To en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process, FSB is launch­ing a so­cial me­dia cam­paign called #BeMoreFSB.

FSB is a proudly mem­berled or­gan­i­sa­tion and our mem­ber lead­ers, at both lo­cal and na­tional level, have one thing in com­mon – like me, they all run busi­nesses.

This means that as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we, the mem­bers, are ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness own­ers who lead from the front.

We are proud to an­nounce that for the first time, mem­bers can self-nom­i­nate on­line for lo­cal vol­un­teer leader of­fices and vot­ing will be open to all el­i­gi­ble mem­bers within the re­gion/ area bound­ary to en­cour­age the widest pos­si­ble en­gage­ment of mem­bers in this im­por­tant demo­cratic process.

We as mem­bers set the strat­egy, both lo­cally and na­tion­ally, based on our first-hand knowl­edge of run­ning a busi­ness in the UK to­day. And, be­cause we gen­uinely un­der­stand what it’s like to be an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness owner, we al­ways fo­cus on the real is­sues – the ones that keep us awake at night – and that makes us, FSB, the for­mi­da­ble cam­paign­ing force we have be­come.

As we are a grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tion, we sim­ply could not un­der­take the fan­tas­tic work we do with­out our lo­cal vol­un­teers, who are the lifeblood of FSB.

Our lo­cal ac­tivism shapes lo­cal pol­icy and de­ci­sions that have a di­rect im­pact on the day to day run­ning of smaller busi­nesses.

We have vol­un­teers from al­most ev­ery in­dus­try and busi­ness sec­tor in the UK and we would like more mem­bers to be part of our vi­brant, di­verse and in­clu­sive vol­un­teer com­mu­nity.

The term of of­fice for all lo­cal and na­tional vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties is three years.

Elec­toral Re­form Ser­vices (ERS) has been ap­pointed to fa­cil­i­tate the nom­i­na­tions and vot­ing process.

On­line nom­i­na­tions for the lo­cal and na­tional vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties close on Oc­to­ber 21.

On­line vot­ing for all lo­cal vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties will open on Novem­ber 12 and will close on De­cem­ber 3.

It is ex­pected that the suc­cess­ful elected lo­cal mem­ber lead­ers will be an­nounced in De­cem­ber.

On­line elec­tions for the na­tional vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties open on March 1, 2019.

All el­i­gi­ble FSB mem­bers will re­ceive de­tails of how to take part elec­tron­i­cally or by mail, de­pend­ing upon their con­tact pref­er­ences.

Fur­ther de­tails can be found at www.fsb.org.uk/ elec­tions

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