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Second small business best practice report to be launched in Southampton tomorrow

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, will use a trip to Southampton tomorrow to launch the second annual report by the Labour Cllrs Business Network (LCBN).

The report showcases best practice in promoting jobs and small business growth from a trailblazing Labour Council in each region of England.  This follows Toby Perkins tour in 2013 to set up a LCBN network in region of England.

You can read the report here.


The report from the South East was by Southampton Council’s Cllr Matt Tucker.  It included the new Labour administration leasing space, in parallel to a multi-million pound Arts Complex development, to Oxford Innovations for incubation space for new business start-ups and creative industries. Mr Perkins will be visiting Southampton’s emerging Cultural Quarter to see the development plans for himself.

Toby 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.

This report, which features articles from all kinds of Councils, in every region of England, clearly demonstrates how the next One Nation Labour government will be champion for British business.  It shows how effective an active government working on the side of small businesses can be at promoting jobs and growth.

I’m delighted to visit Southampton to see some of this work first hand.”


  • On skills, the pamphlet showcases the work of Waltham Forest Council in appointing business governors to the boards of local schools to ensure young people are work ready when they leave education.
  • On regeneration, the pamphlet highlights the success of Chesterfield Borough Council’s investment in redeveloping the town’s historic market hall which has produced new business opportunities and a boost to Council coffers.
  • On business support, Knowsley Council describe how their “Business Advocates” approach has targeted Council support to local firms.
  • On access to finance, Camden’s pioneering work with Funding Circle to promote local lending is featured as a special report.

There are further articles 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.  It allows Labour Councillors to share ideas, best practice and develop new thinking around business policy.
  • You can read more about it here and follow its work on twitter: @lcbn_uk
  • The first report was published in February 2013 and can be accessed here.
  • Since this time Toby Perkins has visited every region of England to set up a local business network and full details of this tour are featured in pages 14-15 of the new report.

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