Successful Keep Trade Local campaign extended
April 21, 2009
The first 12 months of the Keep Trade Local Campaign has been so successful that the FSB is extending it into a second year.
Since the campaign was kicked off by FSB national chairman John Wright it has helped raise awareness of local businesses and just how important they are to the local economy.
Brian Eastman, Reading and West Berkshire chairman, said: “The campaign has raised awareness with the general public, local councils and national Government that more needs to be done to support local businesses.
“We are talking to local councils about how their decisions impact small firms and what else they can do especially in the areas of planning, parking charges, crime prevention and public procurement.
"In Reading and surrounding areas local businesses have been displaying their Keep Trade Local stickers and only last week we were in Pangbourne handing out stickers and talking to local businesses. Pangbourne still retains many local businesses that many villages have lost – butchers, hardware store, gift shop, even a cobbler.”
The FSB has also recently launched two initiatives to encourage councils to do more.
The Small Business Accord is a code of practice for local authorities to sign up to which contains 14 principles to ensure that effective consultation takes place with the business community. The Local Authority Small Business Award 2009 recognises excellence and innovation in public sector initiatives.
The award will recognise the ‘Most Small Business Friendly Council’ in the South East with a regional (Thames Valley) and South East Winner.
The award will be made for excellence in planning, procurement, Keep Trade Local and access to local retailers.