‘Main­tain trend on em­ploy­ment’

Business First backs en­trepreneurs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUSINESS group said the mo­men­tum needs to be main­tained after statis­tics re­vealed un­em­ploy­ment con­tin­ues to fall and more jobs are cre­ated in Bucks.

With 30.6 mil­lion peo­ple in work in the UK in the last quar­ter, the em­ploy­ment rate is now at the third high­est level since 1971, at 73 per cent.

Dur­ing the re­ces­sion, Buck­ing­hamshire had the strong­est jobs growth of any part of the coun­try ex­cept London, with data re­leased this month by the Of­fice of Na­tional Statis­tics show­ing the num­ber of jobs in the county reached a record high of 221,100 in Septem­ber last year.

Since then, the un­em­ploy­ment claimant count has fallen by more than a third to 1.1 per cent of peo­ple of work­ing age.

New com­pa­nies are also con­tin­u­ing to be set up, ac­cord­ing to Bucks Business First’s head of re­search Ru­pert Wa­ters, who calls the county the ‘en­tre­pre­neur­ial heart of Bri­tain’.

In the three months to the end of Septem­ber, 1,165 com­pa­nies were regis­tered in Bucks, bring­ing the to­tal for 2014 to date to 3,685, while 2,895 new business bank ac­counts were opened.

Mr Wa­ters said: “It is im­por­tant to main­tain this mo­men­tum and this is where Buck­ing­hamshire Business First aims to help.”

He work listed the


group’s business support, ap­pren­tice­ship work, business hubs in Saun­der­ton and Che­sham, grants and striv­ing to de­liver su­per­fast broad­band across the county, as ways to en­sure busi­nesses, lead­ers, em­ploy­ees and those out of work are able to ‘ful­fil their po­ten­tial’.

He added the rea­son for Bucks’ in­crease in jobs dif­fered from the na­tional trend.

Mr Wa­ters said: “While all the growth in jobs in Buck­ing­hamshire from 2012-13 was ac­counted for by part-time roles, it should be noted that at the na­tional level, it has been an in­crease in full­time jobs that has driven re­cent rises in em­ploy­ment, with full-time em­ploy­ment ris­ing twice as fast as part­time roles over the last year.” BUD­DING artists got cre­ative at a group’s lat­est ses­sion.

The Amer­sham Art Group held one of its new prac­ti­cal paint­ing ses­sions on Tues­day last week at Amer­sham Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, where ex­ist­ing and new mem­bers en­joyed a ses­sion of paint­ing and draw­ing on a sub­ject of their own choice, with as­sis­tance from the group’s chair­man June Perkins and other mem­bers where re­quired.

Mem­ber David Rogers said: “It was a good so­cial oc­ca­sion for peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.”

The group’s next meet­ing is a demon­stra­tion from lo­cal pro­fes­sional artist Jo Dolle­more, with prac­ti­cal paint­ing ses­sions again later in the pro­gramme.

Visit www.amer­shamart-group.co.uk or call 07533 977 134 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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