The Cornwall Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) has signed an agreement with Cornwall Council, known as the Business Accord, which aims to generate a more productive dialogue between small businesses and local government.
Leader of the Council, Alec Robertson and chief executive, Kevin Lavery joined-newly elected Cornwall Regional Chairman of the FSB, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, to put their signatures to this Accord.
It is intended that both parties will work closely together to ensure the Council is aware of concerns raised by small businesses. The Cornwall FSB has committed itself to respond to Council consultations, inform its members and work with the proposed new strategic and delivery structures on economic development.
Eathorne-Gibbons said: “We are very pleased that Cornwall Council has recognised the importance of small businesses and their future. This is never more so than in the present times of economic and financial austerity. A key element of FSB lobbying, our Keep Trade Local campaign highlights the significance small businesses have in the local community – they aren’t just part of the local community, they are the local community.
“Cornwall is distinctive because of its large number of small businesses; both in the large, dependable sectors of tourism and food and in the knowledge-driven, high added-value ones of environmental and creative industries. They are the engine for growth and job creation. Today’s agreement between Cornwall Council and the FSB is a step in the right direction to improve communications and working together to benefit the whole of Cornwall.”
Lavery added: “We recognise that small businesses are the backbone of the Cornish economy and we want to have a really good relationship with them.
“It’s crucial for the future of Cornwall that we continue to work well with the small business community.”