"Business makes the world go around"
The mayor has paid tribute to a business networking group's influence on the community.
Sutton mayor Councillor Sean Brennan was invited to networking group BNI Sutton's morning meeting last week and said he was delighted to see how members support each other to ensure contract work remains in the borough wherever possible.
Coun Brennan made an early start to attend the group's meeting at Oaks Park in Carshalton at 6.30am last Thursday.
He said: "I was delighted that I'd been asked to come because I got a real insight into how SMEs [small to medium enterprises] work, the essential services they provide and how they support each other.
"It's not just a talking shop - it's a real meeting and they refer work to each other. At the meeting someone came and said he'd been asked to do a particular job and then turned to a couple of the other people at the meeting and said 'I've got work for you and I've got work for you'.
"It gave me a good picture in terms of how these businesses work - and they work hard - and how proactive they are and how much they support each other.
"It's easy to think it's all doom and gloom with the stories in the media about the high street and shops closing but these show there is a much more positive picture here away from the high street.
"Business makes the world go around and these are the ones who keep the community together."