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Question time event as FSB Conference, at the Spa, chaired by conference host Selina Scott, centre, with Bernard Ginns, left, Yorkshire Post business editor, Julian Smith MP, Caroline Flint MP, & Mike Cherry of the FSB. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121278a

Question time event as FSB Conference, at the Spa, chaired by conference host Selina Scott, centre, with Bernard Ginns, left, Yorkshire Post business editor, Julian Smith MP, Caroline Flint MP, & Mike Cherry of the FSB. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121278a

n Roger Pollen added: “In the budget, the chancellor responded to quite a lot of our calls. It lets people see that their efforts are rewarded.”

THE first major conference at Scarborough Spa since its £6 million refurbishment has been hailed as a big success.

The Federation of Small Businesses two-day event saw a series of high-profile guests, including business secretary Vince Cable and shadow chancellor Ed Balls, speak to delegates.

It is believed that the event brought around 1,000 guests to Scarborough, providing a welcome boost to the town’s economy.

The conference finished on Saturday with Olympic silver medallist Roger Black giving a closing speech.

Earlier, a “Question Time” event was chaired by Selina Scott and featured MPs Julian Smith and Caroline Flint, Mike Cherry of the Federation of Small Businesses and Yorkshire Post business editor Bernard Ginns.

Speaking as the event drew to a close, Roger Pollen, the Federation of Small Businesses’ head of external affairs, said: “It’s been an excellent conference, and I have to say the welcome has been brilliant.

“It’s been very warm and we’ve been very lucky with the weather.

“I thought Vince Cable gave a good defence of Government policy and Ed Balls made a strong attack. In many ways you want to get a good debate going.

“There’s been some very good question sessions which is how you get grassroots issues going forward.”

Conference organisers attempted to leave a lasting legacy in Scarborough, after they invited Yorkshire Coast College students to cook for delegates on Friday.

The cookery students competed and winning dishes were prepared at the meal. A shield was provided and it is hoped that it will become an annual competition among students.

“We wanted to leave something behind,” Mr Pollen added.

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint was among the guests at the conference on Saturday.

She posted a photo of Scarborough’s South Bay on her Twitter page and wrote: “On a sunny day British beaches are mint.”

The event was the 38th annual Federation of Small Businesses conference.

The group boasts 200,000 members in the UK and has around 500 members in Scarborough.

 

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