Fenland’s pledge to small businesses

Cllr Chris Seaton signs the Small Business Engagement Accord, flanked by the FSB's Malcolm Lyons, left, and Doug Balderson.
Cllr Chris Seaton signs the Small Business Engagement Accord, flanked by the FSB's Malcolm Lyons, left, and Doug Balderson.
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FENLAND District Council has entered into a fresh agreement with small businesses, pledging to consult fully with them over key decisions affecting the local economy.

The Small Business Engagement Accord was signed last week by Councillor Chris Seaton, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for economic and business development, and two representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses, Malcolm Lyons and Doug Balderson.

The Accord is a voluntary code of practice that aims to encourage greater dialogue between councils and local businesses.

It seeks to ensure that “effective consultation with the business community becomes a mainstream feature of all future consultations rather than an optional extra”.

Cllr Seaton said: “Doing all we can to helping businesses flourish - and small businesses in particular - is an essential part of our economic strategy. Signing this agreement is a demonstration of that commitment.”

Mr Lyons said: “We’re delighted to have signed this Accord. It demonstrates the very good relationship that exists between ourselves and FDC and underlines the council’s commitment to encouraging business in the Fenland region.”