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Business plan will focus on economic growth and jobs

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership has now launched its business plan which sets out its vision for achieving economic growth in Devon and Somerset. Business editor Liz Parks reports.

With experts divided about whether the UK is heading back into recession, talk of future growth and prosperity is Cheap Viagra Uk Only a welcome antidote to the dark clouds that remain hovering stubbornly over the economic horizon.

While recovery from the downturn may be some way off yet, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership believes that this stage of the economic cycle is the best time for the region to Buy Jintropin be positioning itself for growth and prosperity.

"If we can start to plan when the economy is at its lowest point, we should be able to show progress when things pick up," said Rupert Cox, chairman of the LEP's business forum.

"There is evidence from the British Chambers of Commerce that shows that the economy is starting to grow and that we are not going into recession. We're not seeing the number of job losses in the private sector that we were at one point.

"Businesses want the confidence to invest and if they think they can see the light at the end of the tunnel then they can have that confidence."

The 14 page business plan sets out the LEP's four main priorities "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" of: driving productivity and enterprise; attracting new business; promoting infrastructure and maximising employment opportunities.

In addition, it plans to work with councils to ensure that planning decisions take into account enterprise and business growth so that rural businesses do not have to relocate in order to expand, taking jobs from those communities.

This would address a major source of frustration among developers, Generika Kamagra Shop construction firms and architects, said LEP chairman Tim Jones.

"Planning, to date, has been too slow, too process driven and too parochial. Almost every business we have talked to has encountered planning problems," he said.

"The planning system has got stuck in a loop that doesn't understand economics and that doesn't understand how timely decisions are vital so that there is flexibility for a changing marketplace."

Increased provision of business support and encouragement for firms to take on apprentices are also given as ways that the LEP will be stimulating the economy.

Support for innovation and exports are also highlighted in the business plan as key means of boosting the Devon and Somerset economies.

Asked how the LEP's approach would be different to that of existing support eg the role of universities in encouraging innovation or UKTI's role in promoting exports, Mr Jones said it would be Cheap Levitra Australia focused on a broader range of business needs than was presently the case.

"We could get more than there is now we don't co ordinate and join things together enough. I think that there is a chance to refresh existing relationships," he said.

The document does not mention any specific developments for Devon and Somerset, whether those such as Hinkley Point which are already moving forwards, or the South West Marine Energy Park, which is less advanced.

But, according to Mr Jones, this is a deliberate approach to enable the LEP to remain focused on strategy.

"The most effective impact of the LEP comes from its strategic role that it's able to take an overview and look at the bigger picture. If you lose that, it moves from being a strategic body to being a delivery body and that's not what the LEP is meant to be, there are other organisations that will be delivering and we don't want to get in their way," he said.

What is in the plan is a determination to correct historic imbalances between the South West's economy and the rest of the UK.

The LEP is particularly concerned about the difference in GVA per employee between the region and other parts of the UK and has set Comprar Gh Jintropin itself the target of increasing the rate of business start ups by 0.9 per cent and improving employment rates by 0.4 per cent.

With the business plan set to cover the next three years, the LEP has included clear indicators of when actions will be completed.

By the end of 2013, it anticipates that programmes aimed at developing innovation and exports will be up and running with "new mechanisms" to allocate equity finance established.

The plan says that the LEP wants to "remain agile and focused on changing circumstances" and so will give initiatives a two year shelf life to work.

Business forum chairman Rupert Cox said that members of the forum would be supporting the board as they implemented the business plan but also challenging it if targets were not met.

"I Gensci Jintropin know that businesses want to see results," he said.

Unlike the South West Regional Development Agency, which covered seven counties with a multi million budget, the LEP is designed to be a small operation that is able to leverage in investment for key schemes, with a strong emphasis on securing funds from the private sector.

The business plan sets out a budget of a year with a Viagra Online Pharmacy Europe small team comprising a chief executive officer, an executive officer and an administrative post. Other expenses would include research costs, communications, business engagement and governance.

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