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juliejonesevansbusinesThe vitality of town centres, local authority support for small businesses and planning and procurement issues are all on the agenda for the Isle of Wight branch of the Federation of Small Businesses in the coming year, according to chairman Julie Jones-Evans.

Newport businesswoman Julie, elected chairman at the Isle of Wight FSB Annual General Meeting recently, said the committee would be working to provide a strong voice for its membership on these and other issues in the coming year. The Isle of Wight branch of the FSB has over 900 members making it the largest business organisation in terms of membership on the Island.

Julie Jones-Evans said:

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“In the coming year, we will have a general election and the Isle of Wight Council will again be required to make some difficult decisions, so it is important that small businesses have a strong voice. It is my aim as chairman to ensure that the FSB can provide that voice and represent the varied interests of small businesses diligently and effectively. We have a very large membership and collectively we can have a strong voice and, I believe, real influence.

“Personally I think this year’s prominent issues will include town centre vitality, and the future decisions of the council in what remain challenging economic times for public services and transport issues like the cross-Solent services and the renewed interest in a fixed link.”

Norman Arnold was elected vice-chairman at the AGM and Tim Hunter-Henderson was elected secretary. In addition Gavin Foster and Mark Barrett were elected as branch committee members.

Photographed: Julie Jones-Evans

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