Federation sets up in Scarboro’

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SCARBOROUGH is to get its own division of the Federation of Small Businesses.

The national organisation is hosting its first Scarborough meeting in the hope of creating a network in the town.

The initiative has been instigated by Scarborough businesses which are already members of the federation.

Together they have organised a set of monthly meetings where businesses can meet, network, set policy agendas and support each other.

Kath Turner of Cleanau, one of the members setting up the network, said: “Scarborough is part of the East Coast and Ryedale Branch and wants to set up local meetings and get-togethers without having to travel to Ryedale once a month.

“Networking is really popular at the moment and is great for businesses wishing to get new business.

“There are also issues with learning about running your business, employment law, how to expand without going bust and loads more topics, such as local issues.

“We would like to see enthusiastic business owners who are passionate about their products and services and are excited about sharing this with more than 400 members in the Scarborough area.

“This is open to non members as well as members, and the whole aim of the meeting is for local members to decide what they would like from their Federation of Small Businesses.”

Meetings will be held each month at a time to suit members, with feedback forms available during the events to gauge reaction from business owners.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday from 7am to 8.30am at the Palm Court Hotel.

A meet and greet will be followed by presentations from Emma Watts and Stephen White from the Federation as well as Mrs Turner.

Places are limited; to book email admin.northyorks@fsb.org.uk or telephone (01904) 629777. For more information about the Federation of Small Businesses visit www.fsb.org.uk