Fareham Borough Council is pleased to announce that it has been recognised at this year’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Local Government Awards.

Having submitted four projects for consideration, the Council was shortlisted in the ‘All-Round Small Business Friendly’ category. This category was judged on the combined strength of all the Council’s entries.

The projects that were submitted included the Live Love Local campaign, designed to support local independent traders following the pandemic; the Fareham Shopping Centre ARG Funded scheme, which created events in the Town Centre to increase footfall; our work to support our market traders; and the funding we offered wider businesses to help provide training on topics such as e-commerce and social media.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward said: “To be shortlisted for this award by the Federation of Small Businesses is testament to the incredible amount of hard work put into these projects by multiple teams throughout the Council. These projects were specifically designed to help our local traders and local economy through some really tough times, both during and following the pandemic. I am very proud that we have been recognised for our efforts.”

FSB Development Manager for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight Nicky Kildunne said: “It was a pleasure to see Fareham Borough Council recognised for their work in supporting small businesses in their Borough, by being shortlisted in the category of most ‘All round small business friendly’ Council.  Overall, we received more than 400 entries from councils across England, and so Fareham should feel proud to have been recognised”