Award nod for council’s help for small firms

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, mayor and mayoress Cllr Geoff  and Tina Fazackarley, with other councillors at the topping out Picture: Malcolm Wells (171120-8909)

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has been highly commended for its approach to small businesses in the city.

The Wessex branch of the Federation of Small Businesses gave the council the runner-up nod for the Best All Round Small Business Friendliness category.

The council’s award submission highlighted the work it does with its managed workspaces, such as the Technopole, as well as the work it has been doing to try to increase the number of shoppers in the city’s high streets.

It also mentioned the support it has given local traders’ associations.

The submission was put together by Ian Bridges from the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth’s enterprise and development team.

The council’s Alan Cufley said: ‘I am sure you join me in congratulating the team that contributed to putting in the submission and providing the ongoing support to small business in the city, allowing the FSB to acknowledge the city council’s efforts in this way.’