Business split by LEP deal

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The Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and the Forum of Private Business have attacked Government plans to create a new national representative body for Local Enterprise Partnerships, run by the British Chamber of Commerce.

Mile Templeman, director general of the IoD said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the Chamber appointment and questioned the need to spend £300,000 of taxpayers’ money on a body whose purpose is to lobby national government on behalf of LEPs.

Sheffield businessman and Federation of Small BusinessesRegional Chairman, Gordon Millward supported the idea of a group that brings Local Enterprise Partnerships together, but stressed there were a number of organisations representing different business sectors, whose members were working hard to make the LEPs a success.

“For LEPs to be truly effective they need to represent those diverse business interests,” said Mr Millward.

“Simply picking a single business organisation to run it in this way, with no consultation with the rest of the business community, risks isolating both those businesses which are not a member of any membership body and those who are members of the groups that haven’t been included from LEPs.”