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Business award for council officer

A West Oxfordshire District Council officer has been recognised for his outstanding work with small businesses.

William Barton, the District Council’s Economic Development Officer was presented with an award by the Oxfordshire Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at the Chairman’s Award ceremony held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Barry Wheatley, Chairman of the FSB (Oxford branch) said, “Will’s proactive approach to dealing with issues is an example to us all. When West Oxfordshire was hit by floods, he personally tried to visit as many businesses as possible, to make sure they got access to whatever assistance was available. That human face of the council was much appreciated by our members. Of course we realise that Will would not be able to do what he does without the support of other council staff, so we hope that these awards are also seen as recognition of the teams and organisation in which they work."

Cllr Warwick Robinson, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “We are very proud and very pleased that Will Barton has received this award. He has worked hard to ensure that the local small business community receives the support and recognition that it deserves.”

William Barton said, “It is particularly flattering to receive the award from the FSB, as they represent the very people we are trying to help."

West Oxfordshire District Council supports the established business community, welcomes new firms into the District and works with a range of support agencies. The Economic Development Team provides a range of services including publishing an online up to date Commercial Property Register, sponsoring business mentors, giving information about finance and funding and much more.

The FSB represents the needs of small businesses and helps to ensure that the local economy is vibrant and growing. It is the largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. To find out more visit: www.fsb.org.uk/oxfordshire.

William Barton was one of four people to receive an award by the FSB.

Posted : 27/10/2008 16:08:10

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