TVBC Most Business Friendly CouncilTest Valley Borough Council has been presented with the Most Innovative Small Business Friendly Project award from the Federation of Small Businesses.

The award was presented at a recent Council meeting in recognition of the work carried out by the authority in spring last year to support businesses affected by severe flooding. Tim Coleman, Regional Vice Chairman of the FSB Wessex region, presented the award to Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr. The Council has been a consistent winner of FSB Wessex Region’s Most Business Friendly Council award categories since they began in 2009.

Economic Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Giddings, said: “We are very proud to accept this award for our hard work during the flooding. It was a very difficult time for many of our businesses and helping them was a key priority for us. We distributed thousands of sandbags, arranged car parking solutions and met with business owners to discuss how we could help them. In addition, Test Valley was the first borough council in Hampshire to publish a Business Support Scheme to encourage business owners, whether they had been directly affected by the floods or had lost business due to road closures, to access funding as early as possible.”

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