A recent survey published by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) highlighted a number of small business issues connected with London’s infrastructure including views on transportation, broadband and mobile telephony.
39% of small businesses advised that London parking charges continue to have a negative impact on their business.
For many, business parking permits are essential and many receive ‘virtual’, paperless permits from their local authority to ease the parking payment process on any regular basis.
A number of FSB London members have advised that in their making plans to return to the office after a year of working from home that the issue of business parking permits not being cancelled and remaining an outgoing cost to them is a real issue.
FSB London has heard of one local authority who has made it their policy not to refund or extend business parking permits even though they have not been used.
Michael Lloyd, London Infrastructure Policy Lead for FSB London, said: “Many small businesses are already on their knees and many have not received any financial support via local authorities over the last year.
“The cost of doing business for small businesses in the capital is high and with the cost of the pandemic too, it is essential that business is helped in every way possible.
“FSB London asks that London Borough Councils extend or refund the cost of business parking permits for small businesses to show support to those businesses in their local area as restrictions ease under the Government’s roadmap.”