New forum to promote business

A NEW business forum has been set up in Scarborough in a bid to create a ‘mini’ Local Enterprise Partnership in the town.

The first meeting of the Yorkshire Coast Business Development Forum has already been held, with local business leaders discussing the strength’s and weaknesses of Scarborough’s economy.

It is hoped the forum will mirror the values of a Local Enterprise Partnership, which have been created by Government to replace Regional Development Agencies.

Forum organiser Suzanne Burnett, of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Despite the challenges of the recession local business leaders are optimistic.”

David Kelly, economic development manager at Scarborough Council agreed. He said: “We have the offshore wind farm and potash mining to look forward to. They have the potential to create thousands of well paid jobs, and we are receiving a steady stream of enquiries from companies wanting to expand in to the borough.”

Problems were also identified within Scarborough’s business community, including access to high speed broadband and retaining skilled youngsters in the town.

Views raised from the forum will be fed in to two of the Government’s Local Enterprise Partnerships – York and North Yorkshire, and Hull and East Riding.

Mrs Burnett added; “It is important that all sectors of the local economy get involved. That way we can make sure that the Borough’s voice is heard when the important decisions are made.”