FSB role for Strabane businessman

John Friel, regional chairperson of the Federation of Small Business, presenting the Foyle Hospice with a cheque for �1785, money raised at a dinner dance held after their recent AGM in Portrush. Included are Dr Tom McGinley, Foyle Hospice director, and Sheila Dobbins, staff nurse. (0202PG01)

John Friel, regional chairperson of the Federation of Small Business, presenting the Foyle Hospice with a cheque for �1785, money raised at a dinner dance held after their recent AGM in Portrush. Included are Dr Tom McGinley, Foyle Hospice director, and Sheila Dobbins, staff nurse. (0202PG01)

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A Strabane businessman has been reappointed regional chair of UK’s largest business lobbying organisation.

John Friel, director of local sign contracting firm ‘Visual Edge’, has been reappointed The Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Regional Chair for Northern Ireland, following the lobby group’s AGM.

Mr Friel says he is looking ahead to the challenges of the next 12 months.

“As we look to the weeks and months ahead the FSB will be at the forefront in promoting to all levels of government just how important the private sector and more specifically small and micro businesses will be in leading the economy back to steady recovery,” he says.

“At the heart of this will be our ‘Real-life Entrepreneurs’ campaign which will showcase the wealth of talent and ideas that are so abundant here.

“As always the FSB will be on hand to remind the decision and policy makers of just how vital small businesses are to the local economy.”

The Strabane businessman says the FSB will continue to work to protect member’s interests and to influence decision makers.

“I am delighted to be associated with the Federation at such an important time for the economy and will endeavour to ensure our members are well represented at all levels of government and their voice remains strong and heard clearly when policy and legislation that affects them most is being formulated and implemented.”