• Monday 1 Jun 2015

    How do we develop effective business support?

    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this month is:
    Mike Cherry, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses.

    In recent years, how to best support small business owners who are often under-resourced and time poor has been a conundrum for policy makers. We know that a number of key economic challenges for the UK, including our poor productivity performance when compared to other comparable economies and trade deficit, could be improved by effective business support. The challenge is how best to achieve it. 

    At present, the UK does not have a coherent support system that businesses understand. Changes have been made to streamline the national business support offer to make it more accessible to businesses and it is crucial these improvements are mirrored at the level of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Growth Hubs present a golden opportunity to provide a ‘one stop shop’ service so that the right businesses access the right support at the right time. There is plenty of support out there, but awareness among businesses is often low and take up is not as strong as it should be.

  • Monday 8 Jun 2015

    The direction of the new Parliament

    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Richard Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise.

    The direction of the new Parliament is beginning to take shape in the aftermath of the Queen’s Speech, and the devolution bill will feature prominently.

    It was great to see two Buckinghamshire MPs speaking on behalf of the county during the Queen’s Speech debate: Cheryl Gillan welcomed giving more power to communities, but was quick to highlight the concerns of the shire counties having funding squeezed and not having a voice in the devolution decision making process; and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve laid down a further marker with regards to HS2 mitigation claims.