H&F wins award for championing local small businesses

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Image captionCllr Ben Coleman (right) with H&F Mayor Cllr Mercy Umeh at the North End Road traffic-free market

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s efforts to support enterprise in the borough were recognised yesterday (30 March), when Councillor Ben Coleman was named Best Small Business Champion at the Small Business-Friendly Borough Awards.

The awards recognise “effective and imaginative schemes that encourage local entrepreneurship”. They are run by the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils, which represents all 32 boroughs and the City of London.

Image caption: Cllr Ben Coleman receives the Best Small Business Champion award at the Small Business-Friendly Borough Awards

The judges praised H&F for:

Just the start

“It’s great to be recognised for what we’ve done so far to work with and support local business but this is just the start”, said Fulham Broadway councillor Coleman, who is also H&F’s Cabinet Member for Commercial Revenue and Resident Satisfaction.

Last week (24 March), following a report by H&F’s independent Business Commission, the council launched a new campaign to make the borough the best place to do business in Europe.

It is also encouraging local businesses worried about the government’s new business rates valuation to check they’re not paying too much.

Image caption: Cllr Ben Coleman with North End Road seasonal traders at the traffic-free market