Business costs and supply chain practices are priorities, says Martin McTague as he is appointed new FSB National Chair
Entrepreneur and small business champion Martin McTague has been appointed National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the UK’s biggest organisation representing small businesses and the self-employed. Martin takes over from outgoing National Chair, Mike Cherry, who has held the office for six years.
Tina McKenzie, one of the best-known business figures in Northern Ireland, has been appointed FSB Chair, Policy and Advocacy. Tina has been instrumental in advocating for small businesses in Northern Ireland during the Brexit process, and more recently (April 2021) was appointed to FSB’s Board of Directors.
The appointments were confirmed following FSB’s Annual General Meeting held today (7 March) and will take effect from 8 March.
Martin has for many years been a key figure in advocating on behalf of the small business community, most recently as FSB’s National Vice Chair, Policy and Advocacy. He has served as a volunteer with FSB for more than 20 years, alongside running his own businesses.
Martin McTague said: “I’m passionate about promoting and supporting entrepreneurs and giving the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses and self-employed a powerful voice. These businesses are the beating heart of both the economy and communities right across the country. There has never been a more important time to make sure their interests are represented at the highest levels, as the costs and challenges of running a small business intensify.
“Small firms are absolutely crucial to the economic recovery, bringing innovation and dynamism, creating jobs, growth and opportunities. They account for 60 per cent of private sector employment in the UK and make up 99 per cent of all businesses. But they face significant barriers which I’m determined to pull down – from growth-inhibiting tax hikes to poor treatment by big business clients.
“Big businesses must become better corporate citizens with their supply chains, including when it comes to stamping out poor payment practices, reducing bureaucracy, and gifting through the Apprenticeship Levy. I want to use the opportunity as National Chair to offer advice and assistance to larger firms wanting to do the right thing and back small business.
“FSB has a proud and successful track record of being a powerful voice heard in governments, opposition parties and boardrooms across the UK. As part of a new leadership team alongside Tina McKenzie; as well as Chair, Internal Affairs Melanie Ulyatt; and the rest of the Board; I’m committed to making sure small businesses are fully supported, represented, and their interests are wired into the DNA of decision-makers at all levels.”
Martin first started his own business almost 35 years ago and currently owns and manages three businesses. He is based in Darlington and London.
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.