Boris urges councils to help business

Boris Johnson visited West London this week, and called on local authorities to help small and medium sized local businesses.

He visited a number of locations in the sub-region, including Shepherds Bush, where the Mayor urged councils like Hammersmith and Fulham to find more ways of helping start-up firms get off the ground, such as by enabling them to occupy vacant high street units at a very low cost, or by helping with utility bills.

Responding to the suggestion, Mr Greenhalgh told the Fulham Chronicle┬áthat the authority’s power to offer discounted business rates was very limited, but that he would continue to ‘shrink the council’s footprint’ to free up its own buildings for use by start-up businesses.

He also visited Chiswick, where he was pressed on the Piccadilly line opening hours of Turnham Green, He said he would investigate the possibility of the Piccadilly line stopping more frequently there.

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