On Thursday 12 July 2018, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) held the 6th Staffordshire & West Midlands Area Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards. This award process recognises and celebrates the great and often unsung work delivered by the 15 Local Authorities across the area on behalf of FSB members and other small businesses.
Yet again, the calibre of entries was truly outstanding and, as a result, in addition to our winners, a number of ‘Highly Commended’ awards were also handed out to enable FSB to officially recognise the truly excellent work which is being delivered by its crucial partners.
This year’s awards criteria centred around our newly formed ‘Best in Class’ document which mirrors the local nature of the projects delivered on the ground in support of small businesses. We were delighted to award the following Local Authorities under the awards:
For the first time ever, a Best in Class award was made for some really great work around Business Rates which went to Cannock Chase Council.
Finally, one Council was crowned overall winner in recognition of its support and dedication to ensuring the small businesses across its area continue to survive and thrive.
The Best in Class Overall Winner went to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council which demonstrated and evidenced that it has the small business community front and centre of its priorities across the whole range of the FSB’s criteria for Best in Class.
Karen Woolley, Development Manager for FSB Staffordshire & West Midlands Area, said:
“Through delivering these awards over the past few years, what has become abundantly clear year on year is that, through budget cuts, diminishing resources and, of course, 12 July marking 261 days till we leave the EU and the uncertainty that this move has caused and continues to cause to small businesses, our engagement with our critical partners has gone from strength to strength. We can confidently say that we are both pleased and proud to be in partnership with them all. The commitment and drive amongst those organisations to help small businesses to survive and prosper has never been more evident than through our awards process. The calibre of entries tells us that all of our partners absolutely get the needs and barriers to growth for our members and other small businesses and it is incredibly reassuring to see the amount of work and effort which is going on in key areas to address this.”