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New report highlighting the innovative work Labour Councils are doing to support business, is launched

9 Feb 2013

Toby Perkins MP: “Central government is making unprecedented cuts so it's never been more important for councils to work together to support their local businesses and economies"

Toby Perkins MP, the Shadow Small Business Minister will today launch a new report –Labour Councils: Backing Business – which show cases the innovative work Labour Councils are doing to support small businesses across the country.


You can read the report here: Labour Councils – Backing Business by the LCBN.

The report includes articles from trail-blazing Councils from each region of England and Wales which includes ideas:

on procurement

  • Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil Councils describe how they have developed a smartphone app to alert local small businesses to new tenders and explain the process to them
  • City of Manchester Council explain how they have re-written their tender guidelines to boost local jobs and businesses

on jobs and skills

  • Plymouth Council highlight the success of their 1000 Club which encourage 1,000 local companies to employ a local young person
  • Stoke-on-Trent’s JET scheme is highlighted, which connects and provides support to businesses and unemployed people

on regenerating town centres

  • The London Borough of Merton sets out how it has won national recognition for the performance of its high streets
  • Nottingham City Council describes how it has established an effective cluster of businesses in the new technology sector, called the “Creative Quarter”

The report has been produced by the Labour Councillors Business Network (LCBN) – a network which allows Labour Councillors to share ideas, best practice and develop new thinking around business policy.

The booklet will also help Labour Groups seeking to win office at Council elections this May to develop  strong manifestos with sound business policies and ideas to secure jobs.

Mr Perkins is the National Chair of the LCBN and will launch the document at an event at the Labour Local Government Conference being held at the University of Nottingham this weekend.

Toby Perkins said:

“Although Labour are out of office nationally, there is still much we can do to support the small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy. Labour wants to see more people setting up and working in business.

“Across the country Labour councils and councillors are often the first point of access for small businesses seeking support.  These Councils are playing a huge role in demonstrating how the next One Nation Labour government will champion and support small business growth and jobs.

“This report provides several excellent examples of this trailblazing work.  It includes articles from all types of council from right across the country.”


  • The Labour Councillors Business Network (LCBN) was launched by Toby Perkins, Chuka Umunna and Hilary Benn in Camden in November 2012.  You can read more about it here and follow its work on twitter: @lcbn_uk
  • Perkins will be launching a local LCBN network in every region of the country this year.  The first of these was held in Nottingham on 31 January 2013.
  • The Labour Local Government Conference is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham on 9 – 10 February.

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