• Monday 12 Nov 2012

    No stone unturned in pursuit of growth

    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Alex Pratt, Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP.

    So the long-awaited ‘No Stone Unturned’ report by Lord Heseltine has announced that local issues should be dealt with by local authorities, and that those authorities need to implement a clear plan for economic growth.


    For Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP it is merely a validation of what we have been doing since our inception.

  • Thursday 22 Nov 2012

    Digital Business First: Onwards and upwards....



    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    James Elles, MEP (Conservatives, South East).

    The wagons are rolling. Enthusiasm is spreading for providing backing to the aims of Digital Business First to support a broadly-based campaign to improve Britain's digital infrastructure.

    At last week's meeting in Buckinghamshire organised by Buckinghamshire Business First, speaker after speaker lined up to underline the imperative need to move faster and give greater attention to digital infrastructure for the UK to remain competitive with other areas of the globe.

  • Thursday 1 Nov 2012

    Statement on behalf of the Southern LEPs in response to Lord Heseltine’s Review

    On behalf of:
    Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP, Coast to Capital LEP, Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly LEP, Enterprise M3 LEP, GFirst - Gloucestershire LEP, Heart of the South West LEP, Oxfordshire LEP, Solent LEP, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, West of England LEP.

    Lord Heseltine yesterday unveiled his review ‘No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Economic Growth’ at a gathering of business leaders, many being representatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) from across the country.


    Speaking for LEPs across the South, Alex Pratt Chairman of the LEP in Buckinghamshire said “We are delighted that Lord Heseltine has reinforced the importance of private sector led economic growth to the UK economy. This reflects the entire rationale for the establishment of LEPs and the vital role they are playing. The UK can only realise a step change in economic growth if it is led by local businesses working in partnership with the local community to innovate and create wealth and jobs. The Heseltine report clearly recognises this fact.”