Small Business Commission invites local businesses to share their views on barriers to growth

 

Representatives from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Croydon are being invited to share their views on how the council can support local companies in becoming more successful.

Local businesses from across the borough are welcome to attend the event, which is being hosted by Croydon’s Small Business Commission and will discuss the barriers to and opportunities for growth, for Croydon businesses.

The event at the town hall on Tuesday 28th February, is the first to be held by the newly appointed commission and will give local businesses’ their first chance to speak directly with the commissioners about their experiences and the challenges they have faced in trying to grow their business.

Made up of representatives from local SMEs and business groups, the commission – which was set up last year – is using workshops, a survey and individual visits to aide its research into what helps and hinders the economic growth of Croydon businesses.

The information gathered during their investigation will result in a report, which will be published in the summer. It will detail recommendations for action, which will shape how council services support local businesses to help them grow in the future.

Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for economy and jobs

“Overcoming the barriers local companies face when trying to grow their business is integral to creating a stronger economy and more jobs in Croydon.

“The Small Business Commission is working to identify in detail, what can be done better to boost the local economy and I’d encourage representatives from all local businesses to attend their event and help shape the outcome of their investigation, as we work towards improving the borough’s economic growth.”

Andrew Bauer, chairman of the Small Business Commission added, “What is good about doing business in Croydon and what could be better? What challenges have you faced when initiating growth and what has worked well? The commission wants to hear the views and experiences of a variety of local businesses from across the borough, and I’d ask all these companies to attend and personally share this important information with the commissioners.”

For more information about the event or to register your interest in attending, email carol.squires@croydon.gov.uk

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