Leader of new group calls for vi­sion to aid area’s prospects

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR MONEY -

LAUNCH­ING the new Stroud Busi­ness Voice group, Steve Dechan, one of the founders, had a clear warn­ing for the area.

“What is Stroud dis­trict do­ing?”, he asked at the Busi­ness West net­work­ing break­fast to launch the new group at the Stonehouse Court Ho­tel at the end of last month.

He added: “We are not to­gether. We do not have a sin­gle voice whereas all those round about us do.

“Clearly, there is a lot of frus­tra­tion from busi­ness.

“We just don’t have enough busi­ness space—there isn’t enough of­fice or good man­u­fac­tur­ing space.

“What are we do­ing for the young peo­ple who we train but then leave Glouces­ter­shire at the rate of 400 a year?

“What we are ask­ing busi­ness is what do you want your dis­trict to look like in the next few years and be­yond?”

Steve, who runs a med­i­cal de­vice busi­ness in Stroud is chair­man and pol­icy di­rec­tor of the new Stroud Busi­ness Voice.

He said: “I see our­selves as a con­duit which can join up some of the dots for the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“We wish to work to­gether with dis­trict coun­cils, the LEP and Busi­ness West.

“We just want to be up to speed with the rest of Glouces­ter­shire.”

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Stroud Busi­ness Voice was launched at a Busi­ness West net­work­ing break­fast

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