Anybody who knows me or read this blog knows business and the promotion of enterprise is close to my heart. I truly believe a council that backs local business, in-turn backs its communities and ultimately the prosperity of the area.
For too long councils are seen as organisations that hamper companies rather than encourage growth. I want this perception changed.
That is why I was heartened and very flattered to see the Cambridge News had included me in their top 25 list of Cambridge’s most influential business people.
Not because I want to get my picture in the paper – if I had, I’d have asked for a better one – but more the fact I want to get the message to local businesses we are here to support you.
I know I have only been in the job a couple of months but I am glad to see that this is being recognised in what I have said and done. Now I have to make sure that not only we talk the talk but walk the walk as well
I have already had a similar conversation with our award winning Trading Standards service. I know they provide great support for businesses and want to do what they can to cut red tape and bureaucracy.
But as a businessman I know that Trading Standards can be seen as providing more paperwork and enforcement. I am glad to say we have started a new scheme which will help cut some of that bureaucracy and give Cambridgeshire businesses real advantages when they trade nationally.
Certainly the business people I spoke to seemed enthusiastic about the direction we and Trading Standards are taking and that is exactly what I want to hear.