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FSB to hold first-ever Small Business Summit at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

The Federation of Small Businesses is to hold its first-ever Small Business Summit at Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday, 23 October 2013.

The day-long summit, which is free and aims to identify and address the key issues facing small businesses and provide practical advice, information and guidance to help entrepreneurs overcome barriers to business growth, will take place in the university’s Art and Design building.

Mike Southon, author of the bestselling ‘The Beermat Entrepreneur’, is to host the event, which will feature speakers including North West Business Insider Editor Chris Maguire as and the Federation’s National Chairman John Allan, who lives in Southport and remains Chairman of the FSB’s Sefton and Ormskirk branch.

During the afternoon there will be a ‘question time’ session featuring panellists such as Dan Atkinson, former Economics Editor of the Mail on Sunday.

Delegates will also have a unique choice of workshops and seminars under the headings ‘Sales and Marketing’, ‘Finance and Funding’ and ‘Business Development.’

The FSB will hold the follow-up summit in Liverpool in July next year as part of the International Festival for Business 2014, alongside its National Council and Executive Board meetings.

FSB National Chairman John Allan said: “Encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting small businesses is vital to the economic wellbeing of this country. The FSB’s first-ever Small Business Summit in Liverpool aims to get to the heart of the issues and also provide business owners with access to a wealth of experts and the practical advice, information and guidance they need to succeed.

“From learning about embracing emerging international markets and expanding trading horizons to the importance of understanding the news agenda in promoting your business and workshops exploring the secrets of growth, innovation, the psychology of financial management and success with banks, it’s all there – I would urge business owners to sign up without delay.”

Elaine Moore, Chairman of FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan, said: “It is fitting that the FSB’s Small Business Summit is being launched in Liverpool because this city is famous for being home to entrepreneurial innovators and has a very strong, diverse small business community.

“It is also a city that is experiencing its own renaissance and there are some exciting times ahead. The International Festival for Business will take place here in June and July 2014 and will be a window on UK commerce, which is why our second summit is also being held in Liverpool during the festival.

“Our aim is simple: to bring the main issues into focus and also help and support business owners in their growth ambitions, sharing the insights and experiences of a host of fabulous entrepreneurs who have been there, done it and want to pass on what they have learned.”

To register for the FSB’s Small Business Summit Business owners should visit:https://fsbsmallbusinesssummit.eventbrite.com

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