Tributes to champion of small businesses

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Tributes have been paid to Tony Cherry, a stalwart of the Yorkshire business community who has died following a long battle with cancer.

Mr Cherry was a popular and powerful advocate for the small firms that make up the backbone of Britain’s economy.

He became involved in the Federation of Small Businesses and rose up through the organisation to become national vice chairman, representing the interests of FSB members on the national stage.

Gordon Millward, regional chairman for South and East Yorkshire, said: “For his steadfast commitment to the FSB’s campaigns on behalf of self-employed people everywhere, the business community owes him a debt of gratitude.

“On a personal level, I have relied heavily on Tony’s long experience and wise counsel.

“He has always been ready to offer cheerful encouragement, unstinting support and reliable and timely advice to colleagues on the regional committee.

“But most of all, he has been a loyal friend, always willing to engage with colleagues at every level to help turn ideas into reality in order to bring about the success of the organisation and personal recognition for those he worked with.

“He will be missed greatly by everyone connected with the FSB both in this region and nationally.”

Mr Cherry worked as a bakery owner, a graphic designer and wholesaler of arts and crafts materials.