County is in top four for business activity
BUSINESSES in Bucks celebrated growth at their annual meeting.
Buckinghamshire Business First looked back at how companies have fared, and those gathered heard how, since 2012, 4,000 businesses have benefited directly from business support services.
In addition, 1,086 jobs have been helped through its grants and project activity, and it has awarded £5.3million to individual businesses through grants.
Economically, Bucks is the fourth most productive county in the country.
More than 10,000 homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband from the installation of 50 fibre cabinets, as part of the business group’s campaign with Bucks County Council.
The group provided free space, at its has also meeting base in Saunderton, to nearly 200 companies every month.
Business is also doing well more widely, with the group finding there were 63 inward investments into Bucks from foreign and domestic companies in the same year.
Managing director Philippa Batting said: “It was a chance to pat everyone on the back. We don’t often stop and think how well we are doing.
“Bucks is doing really well and is playing a major part in the county.
“We are always hesitant to share success, but this was a great chance to do that.”
She added that a large part of this was down to small businesses.
Seventy-five per cent of businesses in Bucks have fewer than five employees.
Ms Batting added: “It is easy to see why Bucks is called the entrepreneurial heart of Britain and why foreign investors want to work and invest here.”