En­sur­ing county lives up to its en­tre­pre­neur­ial billing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - PHILIPPA BAT­TING Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Bucks Busi­ness First

THE word coali­tion may not be fash­ion­able in po­lit­i­cal cir­cles for the time be­ing, but within the Buck­ing­hamshire busi­ness com­mu­nity part­ner­ships be­tween like-minded busi­ness lead­ers with a pas­sion for eco­nomic devel­op­ment and the well­be­ing of their lo­cal area at heart are go­ing strong.

Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First was formed in 2011 by a group of busi­ness lead­ers who pooled their re­sources and ex­per­tise to play their part in forg­ing closer ties be­tween busi­ness and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, cen­tral gov­ern­ment, and na­tional and Euro­pean fund­ing streams.

Other busi­ness lead­ers in the county have joined this col­lab­o­ra­tion along the way and have stepped for­ward to play the role of ‘en­ablers’, to sup­port busi­nesses at ev­ery stage of the jour­ney, from start-ups cel­e­brat­ing their first sale to those with 250-plus em­ploy­ees and mil­lions of pounds of turnover.

Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First works closely with those in the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and sev­eral of th­ese ‘en­ablers’ are on our Board of Di­rec­tors.

Now, we’re look­ing for two more busi­ness lead­ers to join this Board.

There is no back- slap­ping or self­ag­gran­dis­ing here, it is sim­ply a group of peo­ple with spirit and ded­i­ca­tion who en­sure Buck­ing­hamshire lives up to its billing as the En­tre­pre­neur­ial Heart of Bri­tain.

Adam Stronach, direc­tor at Bea­cons­field-based Har­wood Hut­ton, joined the Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First Board in 2011. He told me that he was spurred on by a de­sire to give some­thing back to his com­mu­nity, and also sees the role as a chance to stay at the fore­front of lo­cal busi­ness pol­icy, in­flu­enc­ing the agenda around in­fra­struc­ture, em­ploy­ment, skills, ac­cess to fi­nance and other busi­ness crit­i­cal is­sues.

If you would like to find out how you can be­come a mem­ber of the board, I’d love to hear from you. Call me on 01494 568950 or email Philippa@bbf.uk.com.


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