Council consults bosses over help for small firms

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A DELEGATION of top Sheffield councillors met with small business representatives to discuss what changes can be made to help firms in the city recover from the recession.

The get-together was the first meeting between councillors and the city branch of the Federation of Small Businesses since the ruling Labour group swept to power in May.

Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, said: “We’re delighted to be meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses. We’ve made it very clear that we want to be a business-friendly council and do all we can to encourage businesses to grow and prosper in Sheffield.

“It’s important that our approach encompasses not only the bigger businesses in the city but also the smaller firms - all businesses in Sheffield are important and help contribute to a healthy economy in the city.

“I’m looking forward to meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses to hear what they’ve got to say and find out their views about how the council can improve its offer for businesses.”

The old Lib Dem administration won praise for putting in place initiatives such as creating a First Point for Business advice service, used by hundreds of small companies. Labour has not yet revealed details of its plans.