Winchester City Council pledges to champion local entrepreneurs

Press Release: 08/10/2012

Real Life entrepreneurs

At an evening reception held in the Mayor’s official residence Abbey House, on Wednesday 26 September, in front of an audience made up of local entrepreneurs the Council signed a pledge to become a ‘Champion for Real-Life Entrepreneurs’ as part of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) national campaign.

As a Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion, Winchester City Council has agreed to represent the interests of local entrepreneurs by championing their cause and to recognise the contribution that hard-working entrepreneurs make to the economy of the Winchester District.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning, Economy, Tourism and Estates, who signed the pledge on behalf of the Council said: “Winchester City Council is fully committed to encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation within our District. Our vision for a prosperous local economy is of a dynamic and creative Winchester District, in which traditional assets and qualities underpin innovation and entrepreneurship. On a more pragmatic level I am also very keen to meet local businesses to share views and ideas on how we can create the right environment for entrepreneurship in the District.”

Rachel of Rachel Drewer Millinery, a local business, added: “At the reception it was great to hear more about the Council’s commitment to supporting businesses in the District. As a small business owner, it is wonderful to learn about the support out there and to know that my contribution, and that of my peers, is recognised and appreciated. I wholeheartedly agree that if we work together we can have a really positive impact on the economic success of the district."

The FSB represents Real-Life Entrepreneurs across every sector of the economy and every section of society. The best ideas have humble beginnings and the smallest business often takes the biggest risk. Anyone who has a good idea and takes a risk to put that idea into practice and grow a business is an entrepreneur. It is these Real-Life Entrepreneurs that the FSB is championing.

David Webb, FSB Central South Hampshire Branch Chairman said: “Small businesses are vital to our economy and it is imperative we recognise their importance so I am delighted that Winchester City Council have committed to helping us in our cause. With the Government wanting the private sector to lead the recovery, we need to see policies put in place at a local and national level that can help businesses to grow and for more people to have the confidence to become a Real-Life Entrepreneur.”

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