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Punchline honoured among FSB champions

Punchline editor Mark Owen is among a group of business owners who have been recognised for their support for other companies throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

He was among five people across Gloucestershire and the West of England area honoured by the Federation of Small Businesses for their work in supporting the organisation in its work to promote the SME community.

Richard Dalziel, founder of RCD Solutions in Tetbury, and Russell Warner from Westend Office Suites in Stonehouse were also named Volunteer Champions along with Bristol pair Ken Simpson and Lee Nathan, regional chairman of the FSB.

The virtual awards saw more than 120 FSB members across the UK in various categories including policy work, events, media support or membership sales help.

Mr Owen said: "It is an honour to be recognised, but it belongs to the whole Punchline-Gloucester.com team.

"We have always strived to promote and support businesses across Gloucestershire for the last 10 years and that has never been more important than in the last 12 months.

"We look forward to continue reporting on the positive news from around the county as we begin the long road to economic recovery."

Mr Nathan said he was delighted to have been recognised with the many other volunteers.

He said: "It was a very enjoyable event which showed again just how many FSB members across the South West and beyond have stepped up to the plate and tried to ensure we do everything we can to help fellow business owners to get all the information, support and advice they need at this critical time.

"It is a source of real pride to see what a passionate group of volunteers we have at FSB."

FSB national chairman Mike Cherry said volunteers had come forward throughout the pandemic to help their local business communities.

He said: "The approach and support offered by staff and volunteers alike is one of FSB's key and unique strengths and has been vital in helping small businesses and the self-employed to get through this extraordinarily difficult period.

"I am delighted to see our volunteer team receive a well-deserved thank you for their amazing levels of support."

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