‘Maintain trend on employment’
Business First backs entrepreneurs
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.