New chair for Federation of Small Businesses
Ellenbroek has been appointed new chair of the Cornwall Federation
of Small Businesses (FSB).
Barbara takes over from Carol Wells, who was the first woman
to be appointed Cornwall FSB chair.
Barbara said: "I joined the FSB in 1997, as many
people do, for the security of the benefits such as the Legal
Helpline. Having never been self-employed prior to 1997 I
soon realised how frustrating it is when laws are changed
or passed which seem to do nothing but put obstacles in the
way of the smooth running of my business.
"Having voiced my frustration about this at an
FSB meeting, I was soon invited to become more actively involved
in the FSB. From this point on I have become more involved.
"I have represented the FSB on both local and regional
groups such as the West Cornwall Local Strategic partnership
(West Cornwall Together), the West Cornwall Community Safety
Partnership, the West Cornwall Business Network, the Cornwall
Business Partnership, the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Economic
Forum and the South West SkillSmart Retail Steering Group.
"I strongly believe that local businesses are an
integral part of local communities, and that a strong and
prosperous businesses community is vital to the economic and
social well-being of Cornwall. Working in partnership with
the Objective One office has already produced some fantastic
results such as actnow broadband for Cornwall's businesses,
and I look forward to working with them on continuing to drive
forward the Cornish Economy for Cornish Businesses."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "The FSB has been a leading voice in the Objective
One Programme from its inception. Via former chairs Richard
Newman and Carol Wells it has championed the Programme amongst
businesses in many ways. The FSB was and is instrumental in
the creation and success of actnow – the project that
has meant a large percentage of high speed broadband take
up amongst businesses."
Carol Wells added: "I am absolutely delighted that
Barbara is taking over from me at the regional AGM. As I move
on to concentrate more on national duties within the Federation,
I am confident that the local membership will be clearly represented
by Barbara's tremendous energy, experience and common sense.
She doesn't need wishes of good luck, but she has my
sincere good wishes for a very enjoyable chairmanship."
Married with one daughter and two grandsons, Barbara lives
in Redruth where she also runs the family business (Arts &
Graphics) with her husband Gerald. She is a Redruth Town Councillor
and a member of the CPR Urban Regeneration Company Board.
She has also worked for Marks & Spencer (13 years) and
C&A (five years), been a chambermaid, a barmaid and a
call centre operator for BT.
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