Wandsworth on shortlist for most business-friendly borough

Published: Monday 27th March 17

Wandsworth has been shortlisted in three categories in the fourth annual Small Business Friendly Awards.

The awards, run by London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses, showcase councils in the capital that go the extra mile for small businesses and provide a platform for London’s 33 local authorities to highlight their business-friendly policies and procedures.

Businesses get tips on supplying Nine Elms

A total of 38 submissions were received from 23 boroughs - a record high. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Kingsway Hall Hotel on Thursday, March 30.

Wandsworth is one of six councils to be shortlisted for overall Best All-Round Small Business Friendly Borough.

It is also shortlisted in the Best Programme of Support for Small Business category for Wandsworth Enterprise Week – an annual week-long series of free workshops, masterclasses, events and business support sessions which this year was attended by more than a thousand local business people. Read more.

Jenni Asiama, an officer in the council’s Economic Development Office, has been nominated for Best Small Business Friendly Champion (Officer). Jenni’s duties include organising Wandsworth Enterprise Week.

There's specialist support for food businesses

Councillor Peter John, executive member for business, skills and Brexit at London Councils, said: “Small businesses play a critical role in London’s economy. They account for almost 99 per cent of London’s businesses and nearly half of the capital’s jobs. They are not only key wealth generators but are also an important part of their local communities.

“London boroughs play an important role supporting small businesses to access good quality business advice and support, affordable workspace, business finance and public sector procurement contracts. I look forward to seeing the winners announced and their achievements celebrated on Thursday.”

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said: “I’m delighted that the hard work of our officers and the council’s commitment to our small businesses is being recognised. I wish everyone the best of luck in the awards and would urge all businesses in the borough to find out about the free support we can offer them.”

Wandsworth runs a package of free support for small businesses as part of its ongoing commitment to help local firms thrive. As well as Wandsworth Enterprise Week, there are tailored programmes for two of the borough’s fastest growing sectors – food and digital. Firms can also receive advice on how to supply the Nine Elms regeneration area and there is an extensive programme of one-to-one advice sessions.

Find out more at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/yourbusinessyourgrowth.

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