Businesses in Birmingham Handed a Boost by PM
Posted on 11th September 2012
It has been reported that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to work with Birmingham business leaders to create jobs within the city, following a successful meeting with delegates from the city in Westminster, earlier this week.
The delegation from Birmingham, led by Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore met with the Prime Minister to urge him to let them take control of a range of government schemes, such as the Regional Growth Fund, which are designed to help local businesses.
Following the meeting, in which David Cameron advised the delegation that he welcomes their proposals, the group issued a statement, which said: “We had a very positive meeting with the Prime Minister. He was interested in our ideas to encourage economic growth with the council, business and other partners continuing to work together.”
Along with describing the meeting with the Prime Minister as a success, the Birmingham group, added: “We have also had an extremely good response to our proposition that Birmingham is perfectly placed to pioneer radical new ways of delivering business support through new partnership arrangements.
“The Prime Minister has indicated that we should pursue this with Michael Heseltine who is conducting a review on business support services and is due to report in October.”
Should the Prime Minister act upon the delegations proposals, it could have promising consequences for businesses currently operating within Birmingham and the surrounding areas, as authorities will have more control over the business funds handed to them.
Although the talks between the Prime Minister and delegates from Birmingham proved to be fruitful, Mark Howell from Nicklin Business Starter, has urged the government to act sooner rather than later, to help businesses within the region succeed.
Mr Howell, said: “We need to stop talking about it and get the funding where it is needed. There has been a gap for awhile of how businesses can apply for support.
“Funds need to be easily obtained and straight forward, not reliant on form filling and questionnaires. The simple solution would be to have a set criteria, and if you meet the criteria you get the money – in a quick manner.”
Whilst the government continue to consider the proposals set by the Birmingham delegates, businesses, including start-ups and entrepreneurs within the West Midlands, who require financial advice, guidance or support; or wish to discuss a financial matter, including taxation and audits, the team at Nicklin Business Starter are on hand to assist.
Our experienced accountants can offer a wide range of guidance, enabling your business to grow and expand; benefiting both you – the owner – and the local economy.