Hart District Council has been highly commended by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at the annual Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards.
On Tuesday 5 September, the Council was highly praised for being one of the ‘Best All Round Small Business Friendliness’ Local Authorities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, coming second to Test Valley who won the main award. The FSB Awards programme continues to successfully showcase, and share, examples of best practice amongst local councils.
Cllr David Neighbour, Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “This is a great achievement for the team at Hart. We have restructured our Economic Development offering and this award showcases the hard work the team have done in this short amount of time. We will continue to ensure that a thriving local economy is one of the four priorities for the Council, which is reflected in our emerging new Corporate Plan.”
Since introducing the new Economic Development team in November last year, Hart officers have been proactively engaging with the local business community to update them on business support services provided by the Council and how businesses can be signposted to help and advice, skills and funding information. With over 2,500 micro and small businesses in Hart, it’s important to support them as they play a vital role in the economic prosperity of the district.
Speaking about the awards, Neil Eames, Development Manager for FSB in Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, said: “These awards aim to acknowledge councils who are actively supporting local micro and small business, and we hope that the awards may provide a platform for councils to share their successes in promoting and championing local economic development.
We are delighted to recognise the work undertaken by Hart District Council and we are keen to help promote such examples of good practice to all councils, ultimately to help support our local business community. The FSB looks to the region’s local authorities to help create the environment for small businesses to survive and thrive, and we look forward to working with Hart District Council and other councils to keep this momentum going.”
For more information about the work of the Hart Economic Development team and how to get in touch with them please visit www.hart.gov.uk/businesses.
Harriet Hunt, Business Development and Events Officer at Hart, alongside Ken Moon (FSB Wessex) and Martin McTague (FSB National Policy Director)