Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses awarded MBE


Ian O’Donnell, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Coventry and Warwickshire, has been made an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Ian, who was born in 1976 in Claverdon, started his business, Real Point based in Hampton-in-Arden, in 1994. He now employs seven people.

He is also chairman of Birmingham Business Club.

Ian joined FSB in 2002 and in 2007 joined the Solihull branch as treasurer. From 2009, he has led the branch as chairman. He has been regional FSB chairman since 2011.

During his time with the FSB Ian has been invited numerous times to the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street to represent small business in the region.

In 2014 he attended the FSB National Policy Conference with David Cameron and George Osborne to represent Coventry and Warwickshire, where he raised the issue of skills.

Ian is passionate about skills and engaging with the education sector to ensure future generations are equipped with basic skills to achieve in business, whether as an employee or a business owner.

He said: “It was such a surprise when I opened the letter and read I had been made an MBE. I am absolutely thrilled.

“Running a small business is challenging but it’s also really rewarding to be able to provide employment and career opportunities for local people.

“I am passionate about small businesses and that’s why I work so hard in my role as chairman for the FSB to help raise awareness of the needs of small firms and to lobby at both a local and national level.”