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Greenwich sees off competition at FSB Awards

Borough amongst top small business friendly areas

Innovative and ground-breaking projects from Royal Borough of Greenwich were recognised at the Federation of Small Businesses' Awards Ceremony.

The council saw off competition from more than 20 entries across 16 boroughs to be named winner of the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, run by London Councils and the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses. The awards were for project which particularly helped which have supported hundreds of London's start-ups and small businesses.

The London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Brent and Ealing were also celebrating after picking up highly commended awards.

Royal Borough of Greenwich also secured Best Place-Based Campaign to Support Local Trade for its Get on Board engagement campaign ahead of this September’s Tall Ships Festival. The awards, in their second year, showcase projects and initiatives that have had a positive impact on London’s small business community. Council staff visited 1,300 businesses in Greenwich, Woolwich and Greenwich Peninsula, as well as in smaller retail centres, to brief them on the festival.

They gave out 1,100 free campaign packs, which included information leaflets, bunting, window stickers, T-shirts, flags and badges, and offered businesses the opportunity to promote a Tall Ships deal through council channels. The council also held 15 business workshops to help businesses generate trade ideas relating to the festival.

More than one million visitors attended the festival over five days, generating £40 million of spend. Eighty per cent of local businesses in the hospitality and retail sector reported record sales during the festival.

Councillor Claire Kober, London Councils' Executive member for Infrastructure and Regeneration, said: “All the entries that we received for this year’s awards demonstrate how councils are working hard across the capital to spur on growth and create jobs by supporting local businesses."

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