The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) this week presented its regional ‘Future Ready’ award to City of Wolverhampton Council’s business support team for its Relight Business Programme.

The Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Stephen Simkins, received the award from FSB Development Manager, Karen Woolley.

Wolverhampton was among 250 councils in England who entered the inaugural England wide Local Government awards run by the FSB, Britain’s biggest business representation group.

The awards are aimed at celebrating and recognising those that made the biggest impact on local SMEs during the Covid crisis and beyond. Wolverhampton Council was named as the West Midlands regional champion for its work to support the local small business community by putting in place a series of measures aimed at helping small businesses survive, revive and thrive.

Councillor Simkins, said: “The council’s business support services provide vital help and advice for businesses in these challenging times – and the FSB award for our Relight Business Programme, which helped around 200 sole traders, micro and small businesses, is testament to that work.
“We appreciate that getting the right advice and support is key to business success and, with our partners, it is vital we help businesses access the tools they need.

“The council is currently reviewing its business support programme in conjunction with key government departments, regional partners and local stakeholders. Having a thriving economy is a key objective for the city and a new business support programme will be announced later in the year.”

If you want further information on how the business support team can help, visit Wolves in Business or email