Small Business Engagement Accord with Federation of Small BusinessesLast updated: 10 April 2012 11:33 UK
Portsmouth City Council and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) signed a pledge on 27th August 2010, committing the council to engaging better with small businesses in the city.
Cllr Mike Hancock CBE MP, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development and David Williams, chief executive, signed the Small Business Engagement Accord alongside Ken Moon, Wessex regional chairman, who represented the FSB.
The Accord will make sure the council fully engages with local businesses when making decisions, and recognises their role in the city - providing jobs, wealth and opportunity for communities.
Cllr Hancock said: “We’ve signed this pledge to demonstrate our commitment to local businesses and to make sure they are involved in our decision-making processes.
“Small businesses are vital to Portsmouth and a valuable partner for making key decisions for the city. Signing this Accord will strengthen our links with the Federation of Small Businesses.”
The signing of PCC's Small Business Engagement Accord will improve consultation with the target group of self employed and small business community in Portsmouth and will endeavour to reach as many of the equality groups as possible.
Ken Moon said: “The FSB is very pleased that Portsmouth City Council has made a commitment to small businesses in their area. By signing the Accord, the council is saying that they will work with small businesses to ensure that their concerns are heard and that small businesses will have greater access to decision makers. By working together this way we can ensure our local economies thrive.”