Council to consult with businesses on business plan

Merton Council is to meet with businesses to ask them about their views on the council’s budget and business plan proposals. 

Merton Council’s leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis with Clare Alder at Willow Bough Tea Rooms

Merton Council’s leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis with Clare Alder at Willow Bough Tea Rooms for Small Business Saturday in December

Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis will be in the civic centre’s council chamber on 7 February, 6pm – 7pm along with council officers and cabinet members to answer any questions and address concerns business owners may have about the proposals for 2017/18 and the business plan 2017-21.

The meeting is part of the council’s annual consultation with businesses on the financial decisions it has to make to balance the budget and plan for the coming four years.

Zac from Adams Fish Restaurant

Zac from Adams Fish Restaurant on Small Business Saturday

Details of the proposed Business Plan and responses from business rate payers to this consultation will be considered by cabinet on 13 February 2017 ahead of the full council meeting in March, when the council is set to balance its budget.

Cafe La Lavella, Morden

Cafe La Lavella, Morden

The Coffee in the Wood team

The Coffee in the Wood team, Colliers Wood

Merton Council recognises the importance of a vibrant local economy and the role local businesses play in creating jobs and prosperity. The responses to the consultation will all be considered as part of the business plan which will be finalised at full council on 1 March 2017.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I recognise the importance of a vibrant local economy and worked in the business sector for many years. I believe in the value of local business. As a council we have adopted a business-like approach to our services and to the financial decisions we have to make. So I value greatly all our discussions with the business community when we get to hear their thoughts on what we’re doing and how we can continue to make Merton a place that’s business-friendly.” 

Karthee Munusamy, owner of the Hair Room.

Karthee Munusamy, owner of the Hair Room.

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