A shining example of how to encourage enterprise

Falkirk has been hailed a role model in encouraging new business
Falkirk has been hailed a role model in encouraging new business
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Falkirk has been hailed as a role model for how best to encourage new enterprise and growth.

Efforts will now be used to help their English counterparts increase business growth.

Praise for the partnership working between Falkirk Council and Falkirk for Business has come from the Government’s Cabinet Office in London.

The work they do will now be used to help develop Local Enterprise Partnerships within England’s eight core cities.

A letter sent to Mary Pitcaithly, Falkirk Council’s chief executive, highlighted how new Minister for Cities Greg Clark would lead a series of “bespoke deals devolving power and responsibility” to the city regions in a bid to drive economic growth.

Laurence Rockey of the Cities Policy Unit within the Cabinet Office wrote that a Goodison Group in Scotland report alerted him to the innovative model between the two local partners.

Asking for further information on how the council intends to develop more responsibility to Falkirk for Business, he said: “I was interested in how you have put in place devolved governance structures that enable a genuinely business led approach.”

Councillor Craig Martin, leader of the council, said: “The Cabinet Office’s endorsement of the work of the partnership between the council and the business community in Falkirk is very welcome.

“Support for business to grow and create jobs is vital in the current economic climate. We are currently reviewing and retendering these services with a view to enhancing their contribution over the coming years.”

David Gardiner, chief executive of Falkirk for Business, said: “It’s fantastic news that the Falkirk area has been recognised as best practice on a UK scale. This national recognition is down to the positive private and public sector relationship between Falkirk for Business and Falkirk Council. It is one which we know that the business community wishes to see remain and further support our local community.

“The board of Falkirk for Business and staff are commercial and independent connection to the local businesses providing impartial advice which is recognised as the key element in best value and provision in supporting new and indigenous business growth.

“We should recognise what we have is an excellent provision of support and ensure that we continue to listen to our local businesses and respond swiftly to their changing needs.”