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Small Business Friendly Borough Awards 2019

Is your borough small business friendly?

Nominations for the fifth Small Business Friendly Borough Awards are now open. Supported by the London Region of The Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils, the awards provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate local authority initiatives to support small and micro businesses.

All local authorities in London are invited to nominate specific projects or initiatives, delivered in 2017/18 and 2018/19, which have had a positive impact on London’s small business community.  Projects can be put forward for any (or all) of the award categories:

Best All-Round Small Business Friendly Borough
This award commends councils for successfully implementing wide-ranging policies to support and develop the local micro and small business community.

Best Small Business Friendly Procurement to Support Local Trade
This award celebrates council procurement activities that have enabled local micro and small businesses to gain access to public sector and other local contracts.

Best Programme of Support for Small Businesses
This award recognises programmes of support around a particular theme, which have encouraged and supported the borough’s micro and small business community.

Best Programme to Reduce Impact of Crime on Small Businesses 
This award celebrates efforts by boroughs to prevent and tackle crime affecting micro and small businesses. This could include programmes in partnership with local business to reduce crime in the community, or schemes to prevent crimes directly affecting business. Joint projects which are delivered in partnership with the police are welcome.

Interested? Contact email and ask for a nomination pack, or download it from the link to the right. The deadline for application is 5pm on Friday 22 March 2019. 

How to apply

Each project nomination should be no more than 500 words and should include the following:

  • Brief project summary
  • Outline of the project rationale and goals 
  • Description of what the project involved
  • Information on the project outcomes and benefits for local businesses
  • Endorsements from local businesses affected by the project (where available) – please note that these will not be counted as part of the word limit
  • Images relating to the project (where applicable) with authorisation for media use 
  • Any entries that exceed 500 words will be marked down or disqualified.

All nominations should also include a statement of council payment policy regarding micro and small businesses, including any policy to improve payment conditions in council supply chains. In the event of a tie in any category the judges will take this payment policy into account when determining the winner. The policy should be no more than 150 words and will not count towards the 500-word nomination limit. 

Nomination forms for the awards must be emailed to by no later than 5pm on Friday 15 March 2019. Nomination forms submitted after this date will not be eligible for inclusion in the awards scheme. 

In submitting your application, you are giving consent to London Councils and to any media partners to publish details of your entry and to use it as an example of good practice in future publications, webpages or events.

The judges for the awards will be appointed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and London Councils. The judges' decisions are independent of the awards administration and shall be final. The FSB and London Councils will not enter into any discussion or correspondence concerning the results.

Awards ceremony

Representatives from all London boroughs and the City of London Corporation will be invited to the awards ceremony on Monday 20 May 2019. The winners of the awards will be announced at the ceremony and communicated to all the boroughs afterwards.