Labour hopes to boosts its councillor intake in this May’s elections with a dossier detailing how its current contingent have helped small businesses.
The Labour Councils Backing Business report was launched by shadow small business minister Toby Perkins last week with a claim that authorities’ efforts to grow local economies had a “huge role” to play in the party’s “One Nation” vision.
“Although Labour are out of office nationally, there is still much we can do to support the small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy,” he said. “Labour wants to see more people setting up and working in business. “
“Across the country Labour councils and councillors are often the first point of access for small businesses seeking support. Councils are playing a huge role in demonstrating how the next One Nation Labour government will champion and support small business growth and jobs.”
The report details the work of “trail-blazing” authorities across Great Britain. It explains how Vale of Glamorgan Councils and Merthyr Tydfil CBC devised a smartphone app to alert local small businesses to new tenders; how Manchester City Council aimed to make its tender guidelines more small business-friendly; and how Plymouth City Council’s ‘1000 Club’ encouraged 1,000 local companies to employ a local young person.