Local Enterprise Partnerships get attention from FSB

In September of last year, the FSB sent a letter to Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, urging the government to make sure local small businesses were properly represented in the eight new Local Enterprise Partnerships that took the place of nine Regional Development Agencies.
Policy Chairman for FSB, Mike Cherry, expressed concern that some of the proposals put forward did not reflect the interests of local businesses, which they called the “driving force” behind economic growth.
In a recent report called “Tourism – a Passport to Growth”, the Federation of Small Businesses has called on the government to re-think its tourism strategy, saying that currently proposed measures are just “tinkering” and not sufficient to “unlock the true economic potential” of the tourism industry in the U.K.
FSB said that proposals to move the Bank Holiday from May to autumn and instigate a “double summer” are woefully inadequate. They have called on the government to reinstate funding that went to the RDA’s and seems to have disappeared just when communities represented by LEP’s need it the most. They also requested that responsibility for the tourism sector be switched from the Department for Culture to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, giving it more “clout” where it counts.
Easing tax and regulations on the tourism sector and allowing local authorities to keep part of the revenue from business rates to reinvest in promoting their tourist economy could have a significant positive impact on overall economic growth, according to FSB. Such measures would help promote job creation and regeneration, especially in the more rural areas.