The pivotal role played by London boroughs in supporting and promoting the capital’s small businesses was highlighted today (Monday 16 November) at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards.
Now in its third year, the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards is run by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, and the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses. The awards give councils well-deserved recognition for effective and imaginative schemes that encourage local entrepreneurship.
This year Harrow was crowned the Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough for its work to promote business start-ups and growth. This included an impressive programme of 21 business-focused events attended by 753 firms, including a Dragon’s Den style event and a business expo. Bexley was highly commended in this category for its ‘Bexley for Business’ initiative.
Cllr Claire Kober, London Councils’ Executive member for infrastructure and regeneration, said:
“The variety and scope of this year’s winning entries to the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards demonstrates that the relationship between small businesses and councils in London remains positive.
“Business growth and job creation are central to London’s economy and boroughs are playing their part in the capital’s success by investing resources, influence and local knowledge in innovative ways to back small businesses, which represent 99 per cent of the capital’s companies.”
Steve Warwick, Chair of the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:
“By showcasing the work of councils that are making a real difference to the capital’s vibrant marketplace by supporting small businesses, the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards share and promote best practice across London. We value the important contribution that London boroughs make to small business growth and development.
“The main aim of the awards is to highlight best practice and for other councils to become champions for small businesses through the introduction of policies that incorporate the mantra of ‘thinking small first’.”
This year’s ceremony was held at the Amba Hotel on the Strand and attended by figures from the public and private sector.
For more information on the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, click here.