The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has been named the 'best all round small business friendly borough' in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) awards for London.
It was marked out for the work of its skills, jobs and enterprise board, created by Barking and Dageham Enterprise, which has seen the council invest heavily in ensuring local businesses benefit from the borough’s economic development agenda.
The FSB said the borough’s support to local business was "comprehensive", reserving special mention for the free one-to-one advisory services offered to businesses and low cost workspace through the Barking Enterprise Centre.
David Harley, group manager for economic development and sustainable communities at the council, said: "The council is delighted to have won the overall award at the inaugural ceremony.
"It is welcome recognition for the work done to support small businesses in the borough with the wide range of enterprise and business support available.
"I’d like to thank our partners and all the staff involved in helping us achieve this. We hope it helps additional business relocations into the borough, recognising the support available and the 'can do' approach taken by the council."
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