Two branches of a business lobby group in Bedfordshire have merged into one more powerful organisation.
North and East Bedfordshire branch and the Luton and South Bedfordshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) officially came together a few weeks ago.
Outgoing chairman of the Luton and South Bedfordshire Branch Damian Cummins explained the reasons for the merger at a breakfast meeting in Luton on Friday (September 13).
Mr Cummins said the FSB is a lobby group and it could do this more powerfully with one group covering the entire county of Bedfordshire.
“We have over 2,000 members in Bedfordshire,” said Mr Cummins. “That is double the strength of the local Chamber of Commerce and the new branch will be a powerful voice for business.”