The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has hired BBC political journalist Louise Stewart to head up its media and communications operation.
Stewart brings political and communications experience having spent five years as political editor for BBC South East. She also brings a comprehensive knowledge of the UK media landscape having worked as political correspondent for BBC Scotland and for BBC national network news.
Having covered everything from General Elections, local elections, and the Scottish Referendum, the FSB says it is confident she has the insight to ensure the views of FSB members and the UK small business community are heard in broadcast, press and online.
Stewart joins a new senior staff line-up at FSB, with Craig Beaumont recently promoted as head of external affairs UK reporting to COO Julie Lilley.
Mike Cherry, FSB policy director, said: “We are tremendously fortunate to welcome Louise to FSB at this critical time for our members. We need to make sure the small business voice is heard. To achieve this, we sought an impressive media operator to join the team – and I’m delighted we found Louise.”
Stewart added: “I’m excited to join FSB at such a crucial time for small businesses. It’s a great opportunity to join a dynamic organisation and make sure members views are heard in broadcast, press and online on the EU referendum, living wage and pensions. FSB is at the forefront of representing small businesses and I look forward to helping to get its message to where it needs to be.”