Knutsford based national lobby group appoints Bollington businessman as director
The FPB is one of the six main national business support and lobby groups and represents 25,000 small businesses across the UK. Howard replaces outgoing director Aline Delawa of The Campaigns Company in London.
With 30 years of experience in education and business, Howard started his first business in 1993 before launching HCSS Education in 2003. The company now employs 27 full-time staff and 6 consultants.
HCSS leads financial management standard training on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Howard has written both a nationally-circulated DCSF document and financial planning software used by more than 5,000 schools in 60 local authorities across the UK. He has personally trained governors, head teachers and financial administrators in all aspects of financial administration.
Howard says: “HCSS has been a member of the FPB for several years which means that I have first-hand experience of the products and services the organisation offers to small businesses. I am delighted to have joined the Board at this time as the company is going through a very exciting period of change and development over the next year or so and I will have the opportunity to contribute directly to this process.”
He continues: “Another vital service that the FPB performs on behalf of its members is its lobbying and campaigning activity. I have been very impressed with how it has become the voice of the small business person over the last eight months or so because many are struggling to survive the recession.”
“In addition to his knowledge of both finance and education, Howard will bring practical ‘hands on’ experience of building a successful business, taking it from a start-up to a recognised leader in its field,” said Noel Guilford, National Chairman of FPB.
Howard also founded the Northern Bursars Group and was the organisation’s chairman from 1989 to 1993 and is now a non-executive director of the Northern Bursars Association.