A LOCAL authority has promised to increase its support for small and medium-sized firms.
Hyndburn Council has signed up to the local leadership pledge of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The authority's economic development boss Cllr Zak Khan said: “Hyndburn as a borough is built upon such a rich history of local entrepreneurship and trades, a proud tradition that continues even today as a testament to local resilience and progress.
"I firmly believe that we can build upon this illustrious past for a brighter future, and this economic growth will be achieved through collaborative working and a commitment to outward thinking.
“Small businesses are vital to local growth.
"By pledging ourselves to FSB, we are making a commitment to keep small and local businesses at the heart of our community, harnessing their power to grow our local economy.
"We want to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions, and we can make that a reality by tapping into vital business services offered by FSB, including advice, financial expertise, support, and a powerful voice heard in government.”
Claire Driver, the FSB's development manager for Lancashire and Cumbria, said: “We know that small businesses provide the backbone of any economy, and local government has a major role to play in creating an environment that supports those businesses to grow, compete and thrive, creating jobs and local wealth.
"We’re sending out a clear message that the FSB and Hyndburn Council are working together to create a business-friendly environment shaped by the needs of small and medium sized enterprises,"