Congratulations to the London Borough of Harrow, which has been crowned the Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough for its work to promote start-ups and business growth.
The Small Business Friendly Borough Awards demonstrate how councils across London recognise the importance of, and support, small and micro businesses.
By showcasing the best and most innovative projects across London the awards help promote best practice, share imaginative ideas and encourage more councils to champion small business.
Harrow's impressive programme of 21 business-focused events attended by 753 firms, included a Dragon’s Den style event and a "Harrow Means Business" expo.
Westminster's financial and management support of Maida Hill Place, "an incubator for the food economy", earned it the award for Best Place-Based Campaign to Support Local Trade. The innovative social enterprise provides restaurant, kitchen space and advice to over 50 start-up food businesses.
Enfield's sustainable procurement policy enabling micro and small businesses to gain access to public sector contracts won the Best Small Business Friendly Procurement award.
Merton was recognised twice, receiving the award for Best Programme of Support for Small Businesses for Merton Business Support Service, which has a dedicated team offering businesses one-to-one advice. It also received a commendation for its start-up co-working space Wimbletech which supports 95 mobile/creative digital media specialists in Wimbledon Library.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich was highly commended for its E-business programme that helps small business to sell online, while London Borough of Bexley was commended for its Bexley for Business website and advice service. See the full list of awards, winners and projects at London Councils website.
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