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Former Truro Mayor Becomes Leader of Small Business Organisation


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is pleased to welcome former Mayor of Truro, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons as the new Chairman of the Cornwall Region of the FSB.

Lorrie, who as well as Mayor of Truro and Chairman of Truro City Council, was Agent for a former Prime Minister, a Northern Ireland Minister and a Government Chief Whip. She was an Ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support, and is well qualified to take over at the helm of the 6,000 strong FSB membership in Cornwall.

Following their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth this weekend, Lorrie said: “Having had both a building business and, since 1974, been involved in the tourism industry, owning first a hotel and later guesthouses, I am aware of all that affects small businesses. I am honoured to take over as Chairman from Carol Wells who has been an excellent leader and has strengthened our links with not only local organisations but also national groups in her position of FSB National Vice Chairman.

It is my wish to continue to work outside the Organisation and also to be a member of a cohesive, motivated and inclusive team within. These are very difficult times in which we all need to work together, Regional Committee, Staff and Recruiters, to help our members. Small businesses are the bedrock of our County and a vital aid to our recovery. 

We have a new Unitary Authority. We have new EU Money.  We have a new Regional Committee and, next year, we will have a new Government.  It is all change and we will be ready, and able, to make the most of those changes.”

Outgoing Regional Chairman, Carol Wells said: “I am pleased to be leaving the Regional Chairman’s position in such safe hands. I shall still be very much involved in the FSB both locally and nationally and look forward to working with Lorrie and our partner organisations in the future.”

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “I wish to warmly congratulate Lorrie Eathorne -Gibbons on her appointment. The Partnership has greatly valued the FSB’s engagement and commitment over the years through Objective One and now Convergence European programmes.

“The energy and input from the members under the chairmanships of Richard Newman and Carol Wells contributed to the success and renewed confidence in Cornwall. I look forward to working with Lorrie and continuing the journey.”

The AGM also saw past Chairman, Richard Newman elected as Secretary, local business owners Adrian Penter (a Builder from Trewidland) and Carol Andrew (a Garage Owner from Newquay) elected as Vice Chairmen and Clive Kidman from Callington elected as Treasurer.  There is plenty of experience to rely on in this new committee which will take the FSB forward into another year of supporting the small businesses of Cornwall.

Across the county there have also been FSB Branch Committee elections taking place and the results of all of these can be found at, as well as contact details for the new Regional Committee.

Editor's notes:

1. The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with over 215,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the self-employed, and all those who run their own business. More information is available at

2. The FSB in Cornwall represents around 6,000 small businesses. There is a governing Regional Committee and three Branch Committees. The Branch Committees are East, Mid and West Cornwall that specifically deal with issues relating to those areas and to being a close link to the businesses within the local area. Branch Committee have also had their elections during November and the details are available at