East Hampshire District Council has signed up to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) national Small Business Engagement Accord. The Accord is an initiative which sees local councils signing up to 14 Accord Principles which promote the importance of listening to the views of small businesses. The council joins 10 other local councils from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which have signed up to the Accord.
The Principles include nominating business engagement champions from among the business community and within the council, as well as encouraging greater consultation with a wider range of business and community leaders. The Accord is part of the FSB’s Keep Trade Local Campaign.
Caroline Collings, Chairman of the FSB South East Hampshire Branch, said: “The FSB is very pleased that East Hampshire District Council has made this commitment to small businesses in their areas. There are 14 quite substantial commitments in the Accord and adhering to these will go a long way in ensuring that the voice and concerns of small businesses are heard and that our local economies thrive. We look forward to working together.”
Councillor Richard Millard, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “We at East Hampshire District Council are delighted to sign up to this agreement which will work to the benefit of all small businesses in this area. The economic downturn has made life very tough for everyone, especially small businesses. The rich variety and diversity of businesses in this district are a real asset to its economy and it is vital that we at EHDC continue to support them and help them survive.”
“In order to support local businesses, EHDC, together with partners agencies and local businesses, established Business EastHants, a private sector-led business partnership for East Hampshire. Business EastHants recognises and values the importance of engagement with the wide business community. The Partnership plays a key role in bringing together the business community and the key policy/decision makers,” added Councillor Millard