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Council support for local businesses recognised with award

News release 7086, published on 08 Sep 2017
A digital tech week which showcased the borough’s entrepreneurial spirit and brought together top talent has been recognised with an award by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which organised the event in partnership with SETsquared, won the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Most Innovative Programme, Campaign or Project Award at the annual Small Business Friendly Awards ceremony.

The tech week, held in November last year, aimed to grow the digital economy and raise the profile of the area. The event gave local small businesses the opportunity to learn more about subjects such as digital marketing, cyber-security, smart technologies, disruptive competitors, business law and intellectual property through interactive workshops delivered by experts.

The first ever Basingstoke Hack Weekend was a highlight of the week, bringing together top digital developers and technically-savvy entrepreneurs for an intensive weekend of developing smart technology solutions for real life challenges.

Judges were impressed with the way in which the tech week programme helped local small businesses to get a unique opportunity to learn more about all things digital.

Tim Colman, FSB Chair for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, will present a certificate to the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Paul Frankum, at a full council meeting on Thursday 26 October.

Neil Eames, Development Manager for Wessex at the FSB said: “We are delighted to acknowledge Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for their commitment to providing support for small businesses.

“The council’s ‘Get connected – Digital Tech Week’ programme, combined with Basingstoke’s first ever Hack Weekend, represents a significant commitment by the council to provide a range of initiatives to help support local small businesses.

“Our awards aim to publically recognise the important work undertaken by local authorities, in supporting the micro and small business community.

“It is very encouraging to see such great efforts from local councils and we hope that the awards provide a platform for councils to share their successes in promoting and championing local economic development.”

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Clive Sanders said: “It is vital that we support our businesses, which are the lifeblood of our local economy and community.

“The tech weekend really put Basingstoke on the digital map, bringing together some of the best technical and entrepreneurial talent in the borough.

“The feedback from all of those who took part was overwhelmingly positive, and we continue to work with our partners to support the development of digital talent.

“This recognition is testament to our commitment to continue to support businesses of all sizes.”

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