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FSB London Launches Local Election Manifesto 

Download the FSB London Local Election Manifesto

FSB released its  Local Election Manifesto in 2018 with a clear ask of all London’s 33 Local councils: Think Small First

With 96 per cent of businesses in the Capital being made up of microbusinesses (fewer than 10 employees), the FSB London Manifesto shines a light on the need for changes in procurement practices in Councils that support the local supply chains.




FSB London is calling for:

- A considerable increase in the number of contracts (over the four year period) at Borough level which are aimed at micro and small businesses.

- Councils to shine a light on poor payment practice and ensure that prime contractors pass on the payment terms of the council to their subcontracted suppliers – by building this into their contracts and monitoring if this has been fulfilled. 

Further measures in the Manifesto include:

- Carrying out greater consultation on parking policies as a recent FOI request showed that the average business parking permit in London had increased  by 81% over a ten  year period. 

- Boroughs supporting business calls to create an ‘Inner’ and ‘outer’ London Small Business Rate relief Threshold that takes into consideration the high cost of doing business in London. 

- Having a designated councillor in all 33 councils to be a ‘Small Business Champion’, reporting to council quarterly on engagement, initiatives and feedback from the local small  business community

- Helping small businesses to identify available support to take on apprentices, such as financial assistance and guidance

- Boroughs consulting on, and introducing, Article 4 Directions to protect local stocks of small business space from office to residential conversion. 

FSB London Local Election Manifesto


Notes to Editors:

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. More information is available at You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy.

The ‘Small Business Partnership’ document is the FSB London Manifesto for the Local elections taking place on the 3rd May.  We will be hosting Hustings events in the run up to the Election. 

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