Federation of Small Businesses national vice-chairman and Sheffield businessman Tony Cherry has died following a long battle with cancer.
Mr Cherry, who was 46, joined the Federation of Small Businesses more than 15 years ago, becoming chairman of the Federation’s Sheffield branch, then chairman of its South and East Yorkshire region, before being elected national vice-chairman in 2010.
He was a member of the executive board of the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly and chaired its Education and Skills Commission, as well as being a past chairman of governors at Phillimore Primary School, a trustee and director of Attercliffe and Darnall Community Enterprises and Governor of the Yorkshire and Humber Sports Aid Foundation.
FSB regional chairman and fellow Sheffield businessman, Gordon Millward, said: “Tony Cherry has been a long-standing champion of small businesses.
“He has worked tirelessly over many years to gain recognition for the important role played by the owners of small firms and has fought vigorously in support of their interests. 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.
“He will be missed greatly by everyone connected with the Federation of Small Businesses both in this region and nationally.”
Tony Cherry started in business as the owner of a bakery, but later became a graphic designer and wholesaler of arts and crafts materials.