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Small Business Winter reception with London mayor is hailed a success

FSB London’s Winter Reception held at the London Living Rooms at City Hall with guest of honour The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was a roaring success. 

More than 200 small business owners from across London braved winter weather to attend the event.

Mr Khan chose our event to launch his draft Economic Development Strategy consultation, announcing various proposals designed specifically to support small and micro businesses in the capital.

Amongst the measures proposed, there will be £100million fund to boost access to finance and a targeted support service run by the London Growth Hub.

Sadiq recognised the importance of small businesses, saying “Small firms are the lifeblood of the London economy, creating millions of jobs while being at the cutting edge of innovation, accounting for 99 per cent of the capital’s businesses. I celebrate your contribution.”

London Policy Chair, Sue Terpilowski OBE, outlined the key issues facing small and micro businesses across London today saying, “Not only is the cost of doing business at shockingly high levels, the issue of space for small and micro businesses to grow has never needed to be addressed more urgently.” 

Other speakers at the event included London Economic Activity Partnership (LEAP) member Natalie Campbell on the LEAP’s role in supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship, and FSB London member, Sangeeta Waldron about being a woman in business and how the FSB fights to help the smallest businesses, ensuring their voice is heard by elected politicians.

We urge all members to review the draft Economic Development Strategy and submit their comments before the consultation closes on 13 March. Please also send your views to Matthew Jaffa at to help us draft a response from FSB London.