County is in top four for business ac­tiv­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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