‘A Competitive Business Environment forSustainable Economic Growth – Strategic Priorities for Scotland and Fife’ OR ‘Making Fife the Easiest Place to do Business’ John Kilgour President, Fife Chamber of Commerce Managing Director, Fife Group Making Businesses the Top Priority
Key Priorities for Businesses• Procurement• Transport• Business Rates• Education and Skills• Planning & Construction• Finance for Business• Plus a little bit on Scottish Independence Making Businesses the Top Priority
Procurement• A simplified system – use the rules for local benefit• Driven by Economic Development aims• Consultation with businesses – need to listen• Performance Information Making Businesses the Top Priority
Transportation• Complete new Forth Crossing by 2016• Upgrade routes linking the M90 to Kincardine• Upgrade the Redhouse Roundabout at Kirkcaldy with improved access to Levenmouth• Dualling of the A92 Trunk Road through Glenrothes• Air Passenger Duty• Expanding Heathrow Airport Making Businesses the Top Priority
Business Rates• 2010 re-assessment & Transitional Relief Withdrawal• 5.6% increase in April 2011• Small Business Bonus Scheme• Reduction of Empty Premises Relief from 100% to 10% - impact on Town Centres and Business Centres Making Businesses the Top Priority
Planning & Construction• Planning Gain/Section 75’s• Need to kick start the Construction industry• Morrisons proposal first started in 2009 when B&Q closed in Kirkcaldy – £30 million Investment & 300 jobs – Widespread Support - few objectors – Contrary to local plan – 3 years plus in Planning stages – not yet complete Making Businesses the Top Priority
Education & Skills• Greater Dialogue between Business and Educators• School leavers NEED to have basic skills and correct attitudes• Fife needs to work together to support a successful College merger• Adequate funding for the new college• Provision for 25 plus to meet the needs of business Making Businesses the Top Priority
Finance for Business• Businesses confirm lack of finance is holding them back• State backed Business Bank is proposed• Need for funds to kick start construction sector Making Businesses the Top Priority
Making Fife the Easiest Place to do Business“Fife Chamber of Commerce wholeheartedlysupports the principal aim of the Fife EconomyPartnership, which is to make Fife ‘the easiest placeto do business’. However, we know that that muchmore needs to be done to achieve this aim and webelieve that putting business at the top ofeveryone’s priority list will go a long way towardsmaking this happen.” Making Businesses the Top Priority
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