Oxford City Council has announced new councillor Champions for Small Business, and Armed Forces and Veterans.
Alongside their duties as local councillors, the two Champions will engage with members of the small business, armed forces and veterans communities to provide the City Council’s leadership with knowledge and advice in the areas.
The aim is to ensure that the needs and interests of the communities are taken into account throughout the City Council’s decision-making process.
The new Champions, who were announced at the Full Council meeting last week (29/4), are:
- Councillor Chewe Munkonge, Small Business Champion
- Councillor Rae Humberstone, Armed Forces and Veterans Champion
Small businesses are a vital part of the Oxford economy. The new Small Business Champion will oversee the development and implementation of the City Council’s SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) action plan, which aims to ensure that 38% of the City Council’s procurement spend is available to SMEs by 2021, and more than 40% by 2023.
There is a large military community in Oxfordshire, including bases in Abingdon, Benson and Brize Norton. In 2015, there were more than 8,500 military personnel and almost 5,000 military family members living and working across the county.
The new Champions join the City Council’s existing five Champions:
- Councillor Shaista Aziz, Representation in the Workforce Champion
- Councillor Richard Howlett, Cooperatives Champion
- Councillor Pat Kennedy, Older Peoples’ Champion
- Councillor Mark Lygo, Champion for Sports in Schools
- Councillor Martyn Rush, Living Wage Champion
The aim of Champions is to cover areas and communities that are not directly covered by the City Council’s City Executive Board.