Forum CEO awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Lobby group CEO recognised for services to small business in annual awards. Phil Orford, Chief Executive of the Knutsford based Forum of Private Business received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was announced on Saturday.
The award was given for services to small and medium sized businesses.
Warrington-born Phil joined the Forum – an employer support organisation dedicated to helping small businesses grow – in 2008 having previously run his own waste management firm.
He regularly meets with government ministers and senior civil servants at Westminster to lobby on behalf of the organisation’s membership, and is currently supporting Cheshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with its Growth Plan and business support structure. He is also a governor of Knutsford Academy, promoting links between education and business.
He said of the award: “It goes without saying that I’m absolutely thrilled but also humbled to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“This honour reflects the tireless work the Forum of Private Business does for its members the length and breadth of the country, supporting them day to day and lobbying for the right environment for them to trade in.”
He added: “This honour also demonstrates just how credible and authoritative we are with government in being the voice of our broad membership, and for small businesses in general. I hope the many thousands of businesses we support will feel as proud as I do that their views, and the work we do on their behalf, are acknowledged in this very public way.
“Our aim here at the Forum is, and always has been, to help small businesses grow and prosper. So this honour is testament to the work we do, day in, day out, in making that happen for our members.
“No one should underestimate the importance of small business to the UK economy in the current climate, and if the Forum can help play even just a small part then the hard work is all the more worthwhile.”