Council to consult with businesses on annual budget plans

As part of Merton Council’s efforts to be a great place for business, the Leader of the Council and senior officials are to meet with local firms to ask their views on the council’s budget and business plan proposals, and to encourage take up of support for business available through the council.

Leader of the council, Councillor Mark Allison, will be hosting a virtual meeting on Wednesday 17 February 2021, 6–7pm along with council officers and cabinet members to answer any questions and address concerns business owners may have about the proposals for 2021/22 and the business plan 2021-25.

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.

Merton has already paid £32.5 million to local businesses through initiatives designed to help those affected by COVID-19 and firms looking to get help can find out more at merton.gov.uk/coronavirus/business.

Details of the proposed Business Plan will be considered by Cabinet on 22 February 2021 and will be available on the council’s website after the meeting.

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 3 March 2021.

Councillor Mark Allison, Leader of Merton Council, said: “I am a big supporter of Merton’s businesses, and I want this to be a great place for business. Our local firms are vital to the economic success of the borough.

“As a council we have adopted a business-like approach to the way we run our services and to the financial decisions we have to make and we have been praised by the government for the speed with which we have got support to local businesses that are struggling due to Covid-19. So these discussions with the business community are very important to me, and I’m looking forward to hearing their thoughts on what we’re doing and how we can continue to make Merton a place that’s business-friendly.”

If you would like to attend, please email elaine.connaughton@merton.gov.uk to confirm your attendance. Joining instructions will then be sent to you.