December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Councils across London will be battling it out this week in the inaugural Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, backed by London24.
The awards, organised by the London region of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and London Councils, will showcase the work authorities across the capital have put in place to support their small and micro business communities.
Twenty-two of London’s 33 boroughs submitted entries for the awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony at Centrepoint tomorrow.
Steve Warwick, London chairman of the FSB, said: “London is one of the great economic drivers for the whole of the UK, with people coming from all over the world to do business here because of our fair and honest business environment.
“Councils have a vital role in making life easier for businesses and one of the main reasons why we have backed these awards is to work closely, and share best practice, with London boroughs to drive innovative and creative thought.”
There are four categories in the awards – Best Cutting of Red Tape, Best Small Business Friendly Procurement, Best Campaign to Support Local Trade and Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough.
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the London Borough of Merton and representing London Councils, said: “Councils recognise the vital importance of small businesses to the economic success of an area.
“We greatly value what they add to the local economy and the local community.
“Local politicians and officers also understand the pressure that many businesses have been under over the past few years of slow growth.
“Councils are actively cutting red tape, simplifying procurement processes, providing business support services, investing in infrastructure, and running campaigns to support local trade.
“These awards are a great opportunity for councils to showcase this good work and to learn from best practice across the capital.”
The FSB is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
The London region of the FSB has 7,000 members, and works to further the interests of the self-employed and small businesses.
London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion.
It makes the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that councils have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.