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Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council scoop awards for helping SMEs

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 06 December 2018 17:01

Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council scoop awards for helping SMEs

Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have won awards for their work helping small businesses.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) staged its first ever Local Authority Awards for councils in the West of England, with each council being invited to submit nominations to show what work they do to help SMEs.

Bristol City Council won the Best Small Business Friendly Council award for its work with grant support, business rates relief and late payments, while South Gloucestershire Council scooped the Best Business Support Programme for their range of workshops and business events for local SMEs.

The awards were presented at a lunch at Gloucester Rugby Club, where the councils both collected trophies along with Tewkesbury Borough Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Gloucester City Council.

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Ken Simpson, the FSB area lead for Bristol and the West of England, said: “This is a tough time for many local councils who have had to restrict their spending on business support, but we were still pleased to see so much creativity and good ideas on view to help local small businesses.

"It was also pleasing to see three of the six awards available were shared by Bristol and South Gloucestershire’s councils which recognised their support for the more than 98 per cent of all businesses in the West of England who are SMEs.”        

Erica Williams, deputy group leader at South Gloucestershire Council, added: “We are very proud to have won these awards to mark the support we give to local businesses in the South Gloucestershire area.

"We are also thankful to the FSB for the support they give us and we hope to continue to work together to make South Gloucestershire an even better place for small businesses to grow."

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