Harrow Council has been nominated for a London-wide award in recognition of its commitment to supporting small businesses in the borough.

It will hope to win the ‘best all-rounder’ title at the Small Business-Friendly Borough Awards on May 20.

The council’s position on the shortlist was built on the back of its ‘business den’ initiative – a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style competition for local entrepreneurs.

This year’s competition was won by Teresa Faley of Letterbox Brownies – a dessert delivery service aimed at both individuals and organisations.

Harrow has a large number of small businesses, which account for around 30 per cent of the borough’s economy.

According to the council, at least 80 per cent have no more than ten employees, with many in the retail sector and dependent on a local customer base.

Cllr Keith Ferry, responsible for economic development at Harrow Council, said: “They might be small in terms of size, but Harrow businesses are a massive deal. They play a huge role in creating a strong economy and more jobs in Harrow.”

He added that the council offers various forms of support for small companies, including skills workshops, networking events and apprenticeship programmes.

And he noted that there are opportunities throughout the borough to create more workspace for local businesses.