Councillors need to help firms

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THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Lincolnshire is urging all new councillors voted in at the local elections to ‘think small first’ as they take up their positions.

The FSB is reinforcing the message that small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy, helping to generate money.

They are calling for a series of practical measures, including:

l Help with business rates, through ensuring there is greater use of the council’s discretionary rate relief powers

l Each council should appoint a councillor who acts as a ‘champion’ for small business issues

Neil Sharpley, spokesman for the East Lindsey branch of the FSB, said: “Small firms are an important part of local communities.

“The new councillors voted in must work to ensure that businesses are able to get on with the job in hand of strengthening the recovery.”