TRIBUTE was paid this week to a “longstanding champion of small businesses” in Sheffield who has died at the age of 46 a long battle with cancer.
Tony Cherry joined the local Federation of Small Businesses 15 years ago and rose to national vice-chairman in 2010, driving forward initiatives such as the successful Keep Trade Local campaign.
He played important roles within the wider community, as a past chair 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 for South and East Yorkshire, 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.”
Mr Millward said that on a personal level, he had relied heavily on Mr Cherry’s 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 Federation of Small Businesses both in this region and nationally.”
Tony Cherry, who died last Friday, started in business as a bakery owner,but became known latterly more for his work as a graphic designer and wholesaler of arts and crafts materials.
He was a longstanding resident of Shiregreen and leaves his mother and a brother and sister. His father died just before Christmas.