Gosport Borough Council has been recognised as the most small business- friendly council in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at an awards ceremony.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) selected the council for its ongoing support for micro and small businesses.
The Small Business Friendly Award is designed to acknowledge the vital support work being undertaken by local authorities, and to encourage councils to share examples of best practice where they have gone above and beyond to ensure that the small business community is supported.
Chairman of the economic development board at the council, Cllr Stephen Philpott, said: ‘Small businesses play a vital role locally and nationally in generating wealth and employment into the area.
‘Therefore we are delighted that our ongoing commitment to work in supporting both new and established small businesses within Gosport has been recognised by the FSB.’
The council has been recognised for its work in the core services it provides to small businesses in the area.
It facilitates free business advice and provides a bespoke website to highlight the work they do.
The FSB praised the council’s initiatives to help start and grow a new business, as well as recruit and train staff and improve their internet connectivity.
Development manager for FSB Wessex, Neil Eames, said: ‘It is very encouraging to see such great efforts to help stimulate and provide an impetus to the British economy through small businesses.
‘We are always keen to promote specific projects or initiatives which have had a positive impact on small businesses in the local area.
‘In particular we wish to recognise councils which confront the challenging financial pressures and demands that both businesses and councils face on a regular basis.’
The FSB is the leading voice of small business and is committed to ensuring the growth and development of small firms, which is a vital consideration for local and national Government.