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Rugby Borough Council Gets Award For Small Businesses Support

Published: 16th August 2012 10:36

Rugby Borough Council has been awarded the Best ‘Small Business Friendly' Programme or Campaign as part of the FSB's Local Authority Awards.

At the Federation of Small Businesses annual ‘Small Business Engagement' lunch Cllr Craig Humphrey, Leader of the Council, and Anna Rose, Head of Planning, accepted the award on behalf of the borough council.

The awards, launched this year, provided an opportunity for all councils in Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull to make known any project or initiative that promotes and champions local economic development. There were three awards which focused on small business friendliness:

  • Best ‘Small Business Friendly' Programme or Campaign 
  • Best ‘Small Business Friendly' Procurement Policy
  • Best all round ‘Small Business Friendliness'

These awards form part of the FSB's Real-Life Entrepreneur Campaign, which was launched in 2011 to ensure that at every level of Government - national and local, entrepreneurs are viewed as potential wealth, growth and job creators of the future.

The award for Best all round ‘Small Business Friendliness' was jointly won by Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council; and Best ‘Small Business Friendly' Procurement Policy was won by Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council.

Ian O'Donnell, FSB Warwickshire and Coventry Chairman said: "These awards are an excellent way to highlight the sometimes less well known' support and initiatives that Councils provide the small business community.

"We were delighted with Rugby Borough Council's application and their unique and inclusive scheme that tackles one of the key issues highlighted in the FSB's Keep Trade Local campaign around the saviour of our high streets.

"The Council have worked in partnership to offer support - both in a financial sense and the essential support that new businesses need when starting a retail business.

Cllr Craig Humphrey , Leader of the Council said: "Now more than ever it is essential that we provide effective support for independent businesses in the town centre.

"We have put a lot of thought into how we can give new businesses the best possible chance of success which has resulted in our retail startup scheme which we run with Rugby First.

"We're really pleased that this scheme has been so well received and now has the endorsement of the Federation of Small Businesses."

Rugby's scheme gives £5,000 worth of accountancy and legal advice as well as mentoring, and the lowest town centre parking fees in Warwickshire at just 33p per hour.

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