Mayor Promises Cambridgeshire Business Board will be the true voice of the county business
Ensuring that the voice of business is clearly heard in the corridors of power at the local and national levels has long been a beacon of corporate leaders.
Frustrated by what they see as the inability of elected politicians to get things done, they call for a snappy, business-like approach to achieve business-critical things.
Over the decades, there have been numerous attempts to give the economy that voice – from private regeneration companies to local business partnerships.
Now Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have a new platform for the private sector to make their voice heard – the Joint Authority's Business Board.
The Board was founded on the lack of transparency and bad decisions due to the National Audit Office's criticism of the privately owned partnership between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The government was so worried that it froze £ 37 million in funds until its concerns about the LEP were cleared.
After the NAO review, the LEP agreed and will be replaced by the Business Board as of April 1  But, will the new board make a difference and will the vote be heard by Peterborough's business?
Combined Authority Mayor James Palmer said, "Peterborough will certainly not be missed." So far, Peterborough has enjoyed greater investment from the Combined Authority than any part of the district. "Peterborough was well looked after by the Combined Authority, and I do not see it With management still different would be otherwise. "
Although details about the members of the board are still being drafted, ensuring equal geographical representation is not the top priority [May 29, 2010] Mayor Palmer said," The most important thing of all types Company to obtain representation on the board and to make this representation dynamic and ensure that the new board for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
"We believe that the new board in a larger area will be much more successful than before. "
The board will be a consultative body of the Joint Authority, but unlike the LEP, the Board will not control funding. While the 25 employees employed by LEP are moving to the Joint Authority, the required number of work for the Board has yet to be agreed.
Martin Whiteley, Chief Executive of the Joint Authority and the interim Chief Executive of LEP, said: "We have the opportunity to create a rather heterogeneous body, not only in terms of geographical distribution, but also in terms of gender and gender Age of representatives and type, size and size of economic organizations they represent We are at an early stage and we are trying to identify the key sectors that are important for the growth of the region's economy.
"Next we need to talk about it think about who is fit and able to represent their organization and speak for that sector in a country way powerful and powerful to express the strength of the area outside the county. "
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