HAMPSHIRE County Council has won an award for the work it does to encourage local small businesses gain access to public sector contracts.
The council came out top of the Small Business Friendly Awards, run by the Wessex region of the Federation of Small Business, for its Doing Business With Hampshire conference in May.
Councillor Ray Ellis, executive member for economic development and rural affairs, said: ‘The county council is a strong supporter of local businesses and so I am very proud that we have won this award.
‘When developing policies and services it is important the interests and needs of local small businesses are taken into account so we can help them to compete on an equal standing.
‘Partnerships with local businesses are vital to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the local economy.’