Small businesses are vital to local growth, especially post COVID. Multiple lockdowns saw FSB and local and combined authorities working together, to support small businesses to survive during this incredibly difficult period.
There are many challenges to small business recovery – from skills gaps to increasing costs and high levels of debt acquired during COVID. Yet there are many opportunities. Levelling up ambitions need to have small businesses at their core, with local and combined authorities working with FSB and small businesses to ensure tangible and long-lasting impacts and results for small business.
This report offers advice and guidance to enable local authorities to engage and support small businesses in their community.