As Chairman of the Tewkesbury branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Graham champions the vital role of small enterprises in all of their varied functions, not least as the biggest employers in Gloucestershire.
Graham runs a small business himself providing expert consultancy and diagnostic engineering advice to the plastics and printing industry. Before that he worked in a number of large printing companies making full use of his skills and knowledge gained as an engineer in the Royal Air Force (RAF) for 20 years. Graham chose to live in Tewkesbury when he retired from the RAF because he felt it was a great place to live and work. He says he made the right choice and it still is!
Graham also spent 9 years as a Tewkesbury Town Councillor and 4 years as a member of Gloucestershire County Council.
“Small businesses serve a vital role in Tewkesbury’s economy,” explains Graham. “For example, providing those specialist services and products that larger companies can’t or don’t want to retain in-house.
“The individuals and teams in these businesses are often highly skilled and experienced and can be the glue that binds sectors or industries together."
“Here in Tewkesbury we are very proud of our engineering heritage and the town is home to some large international companies who are global leaders in their field,” adds Graham. “Many are reliant upon the supply chain of small businesses that has grown up around them. The combination and interconnection of large and small makes the business community stronger as a whole."
Graham is also full of admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit present in small businesses as well as the inventiveness and creativity that make it such an exciting sector to be in.
The FSB is well supported throughout Tewkesbury and it upholds the welfare of its members both locally and nationally in a vast range of issues that affect businesses every day.
The FSB’s strong lobbying team wields a great deal of influence both at home in the UK as well as in Europe to ensure that the interests of Tewkesbury members are represented at every level.