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Supporting enterprise is about people not just plans

Phil Swann, Si Managing Director writes One of my biggest frustrations of the last five years of coalition is the failure to exploit the potential of the new generation of strategic economic plans (SEPs). I feel guilty at having persuaded several local authority and local enterprise partnership (LEP) clients to treat the SEP process seriously only for the subsequent local growth deals to become a depressing process of cherry-picking individual schemes. The best LEPs were moving towards genuinely business-led strategies. They were getting to know which businesses in their area had the ambition and potential to grow; discovering where they were located and which sectors they were in. They were ...

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