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Small business support awards for London councils

London councils have been recognised for their support of small businesses, with Barking & Dagenham council winning the best all-round small-business friendly borough award.

The awards were presented by London Councils in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The best campaign to support local trade winner was LB Waltham Forest, with LB Bexley highly commended. LB Harrow won best small business friendly procurement and best cutting of red tape went to LB Havering.

Steve Warwick, London chairman of the FSB, said: “London is one of the great economic drivers for 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.”

Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the London Borough of Merton and representing London Councils at the ceremony, said: “Councils recognise the vital importance of small businesses to the economic success of an area. We place huge value on what these firms add to both the local economy and the local community.

“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.”

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