Promise to small firms

SMALL businesses in Scarborough are being given top priority in a new group made up of the region’s local authorities.

Council’s from across North Yorkshire have teamed up in a big to recognise the importance of small businesses throughout the county.

Scarborough Council, along with North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate, Richmond, Craven, Ryedale, Richmondshire and York City Councils, and North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities have affirmed their commitment to a more constructive relationship between themselves and businesses in their areas.

They laid out their promises during the signing of the Federation of Small Businesses’ Small Business Engagement Accord.

Simon Williams, North Yorkshire regional chairman for the Federation, said: “The Small Business Engagement Accord developed by the Federation has 14 principles, many of which are already implemented by the North Yorkshire Authorities, so we are delighted that Council Leader, Cllr John Weighell, formally signed the accord charter at this special ceremony to demonstrate the regions commitment to working with small businesses.”

National Federation Cllr David Cox added: “North Yorkshire authorities are working closely with the business community to deliver a range of initiatives and benefits for local businesses. This mass commitment, one of the first in the country, goes a long way to build the reputation of a small business friendly region.”