Small businesses to converge on Newport for major conference

Small businesses will be gathering against the backdrop of recession in South Wales in March, at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Annual Conference 2009

The event – the largest non-Governmental small business conference in the UK- will see high profile speakers including small business minister, Baroness Vadera; the newly appointed shadow business minister, Kenneth Clarke; and Vice President of the European Commission, Gunter Verheugen from Brussels. In addition to a keynote speech from the FSB's National Chairman, John Wright, the Deputy First Minister for Wales, Ieuan Wyn Jones, will also be speaking to give the Welsh perspective. 

After an exceptionally difficult year, motions relevant to the economic crisis will be debated on subjects such as the full nationalisation the country's banks and support for first-time buyers to bring back life to the property market. The Performing Rights Society will also be taken to task following its aggressive tactics over the past year on their licence fee collection system.

Delegates will also have the chance to take part in workshops which will give them advice on getting through the downturn and how to have a healthy workplace.

Conference will also give small business delegates a chance to debate and ask questions at the FSB's very own Question Time hosted by John Humphrys to include a panel of cross party politicians. A motivational speech by renowned broadcaster, Andrew Neil will also be given and four-times Paralympic Gold medallist, David Roberts will be congratulated by delegates on his achievement.

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