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Council Shortlisted for Small Business Support Award

Published on Tuesday, 25th October 2022

North Warwickshire Borough Council was on the shortlist for a prestigious regional award in recognition of its work to help and support the local small business community.

North Warwickshire Borough Council joined the majority of councils in the West Midlands who entered the inaugural Local Government awards run by Britain’s biggest business representation group and it was shortlisted for regional success in the Covid-19 Recovery and Support category.

Local authorities from all across England - including Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Council - responded to the call when FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) launched their inaugural Local Government awards sponsored by Maybe*, which were aimed at celebrating and recognising those that had made the biggest impact on local SMEs during the Covid crisis and beyond.

And, at the virtual online final on 14 October, North Warwickshire Borough Council was revealed as being on the West Midlands regional shortlist in a category eventually won by Malvern Hills District Council who then went on to battle for the national title on the day.

Lee Osborne, FSB Development Manager for Warwickshire and Coventry said they are very pleased that the hard work of North Warwickshire Borough Council in the spotlight.

“The standard and range of entries was so strong in this region that to make the shortlist bestows great credit on North Warwickshire Borough Council and I am pleased to see their efforts have been recognised.

“We now look forward to continuing to work with them - and all our other business-supporting councils - to ensure we have a vibrant and strong local SME community.” 

Councillor David Wright, Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council, commented: “I am extremely proud that North Warwickshire Borough Council was shortlisted for this award, reflecting the great work the Council has done in recent months to support small businesses. These businesses are vital to North Warwickshire and the country, and our work particularly in supporting the SME community in the aftermath of the pandemic has been a key priority for us”.

Among other councils who were shortlisted for regional success were Coventry City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council.