New awards to recognize local government support for small businesses

The Small Business Council’s support is set to be recognized at a new national awards event.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) would like to highlight the work done by local government to encourage small businesses and sole traders to thrive in Gloucestershire and across England.

The aim is to increase knowledge about the types of projects and programs available and which ones work best to empower small businesses.

The first FSB Local Government Awards will take place on October 14 and will recognize excellence in four categories.

Covid-19 Support and Recovery will look at innovative and proactive ways councils have provided support during the pandemic.

The Business Support Program will assess proposed programs to help high street shopping, crime reduction and environmental, sustainability and governance issues.

Future Ready will reward advice that helps businesses close skills gaps, adapt high streets to changing consumer habits and nurture future entrepreneurs.

The small business welcome will recognize an outstanding overall contribution to the life and health of the local business community.

Local authorities and councils can nominate themselves for the awards, which are free to enter,

They are based on the success of regional FSB awards held before Covid, where Gloucester City Council and Forest of Dean District Council both received recognition.

Sam Holiday, FSB Development Manager for Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershiresaid the awards were a way for councils to share with their peers and learn from them about how best to help their SME communities.

“Small businesses are at the heart of all our economies and we believe it is only fair to recognize the local government organizations we work with for their efforts and energy in supporting this vital part of community life,” he said. he adds.

“We know there is so much fantastic work being done by local authorities and councils in Gloucestershire and the West of England to support and encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs and we hope that our first national awards from local government FSB will shed light on this vital area of ​​partnership between the public and private sectors.”

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