East Riding council laid out how they support the business community in Bridlington and across the East Riding at a presentation held last week.
An event attended by more than 100 representatives from the East Riding business community, held in Beverley, outlined the authority’s financial position and highlighted how the council supports the local economy through investment - spending £311 million every year with business.
The event included presentations from the leader of the council, Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, and directors Nigel Leighton and Alan Menzies.
As well as setting out the national picture in terms of funding reductions and the pressures these place on the council’s budgets, procurement procedures and the legislation and frameworks in which it operates were also explained. Presentations also addressed how the council spends with various businesses through the delivery of services and investment in capital projects.
Coun Parnaby OBE said: “The main goal of the event was to address any concerns that the business community may have and also to promote the great opportunities that are available for joint working with the council.
“The majority of the council’s spend, 66%, is with organisations and businesses within Yorkshire, a great achievement in comparison to other local authorities where average local spend is just 30%.
“Against a backdrop of regular doom and gloom reports about the state of the economy, both businesses and residents could be forgiven for thinking the situation is one of despair.
“The council continues to take a robust approach in supporting the local economy and for every £1 spent locally £2.50 is generated for local business.
“Successful funding bids to the Government and Europe, as well as a comprehensive £123 million capital investment programme are helping to safeguard jobs and generate growth.
“The event served as a useful forum to dispel myths, exchange views and provide practical advice and guidance that will benefit local businesses, as well as providing an excellent networking opportunity.”
What do you think? Do you run a business locally, and do you work closely with the council? Is the picture as positive as Coun Parnaby says?
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