Councils need to show leadership

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Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is calling on South Yorkshire councils to show real leadership to the community after the local elections.

Chamber acting executive director Richard Wright says: “Most of all we need them to show leadership that manifests itself in partnership working, in a longer term approach to growth, and early and real consultation as we seek ever more efficient ways of achieving more but with reduced budgets.”

Mr Wright has sent a three point manifesto to local council leaders. He wants councils to:

Ensure the Local Enterprise Partnership delivers

Take a longer term view over economic growth initiatives

Consult earlier, and before budgets are decided or cuts made, to explore the most cost effective ways of achieving

Mr Wright says the Chamber recognises that in challenging local authorities to engage, the business sector must challenge itself as well.

“Business needs to be part of the solution, not the victim, but for the first time there is recognition a public/private sector partnership is probably the only way of competing,” said Mr Wright.