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New mayors urged to ‘think small first’

The six new metro mayors elected to lead combined authorities in England have a chance to put in place local measures to help small businesses thrive, according to FSB. 

Mayors were appointed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Greater Manchester; Liverpool City Region; Tees Valley; West of England; and the West Midlands in May, and will have a varied range of powers and a 30-year investment fund. 

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “FSB congratulates all of the new metro mayors on their appointment, and we look forward to working with them to drive jobs and economic growth in the regions. 

“Success post-devolution will rely on having a strong, resilient and healthy small business community. All of the metro mayors now have an opportunity to put this into practice.
“All of our local branches and regions have put forward manifestos that provide a task-list for all of the new mayors based on local priorities. Small businesses will want to see investment in local transport infrastructure, for them to think small first and to prioritise investing in local skills and education.”