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Council Open for Business

Wednesday 17th March 2010

Business leaders in Bedford Borough have been told: “Bedford Borough Council is open for business”.

Representatives from ten businesses in the borough were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour this week for a breakfast meeting with the Mayor and Council Chief Executive, Philip Simpkins.

It’s the first in a series of small and informal meetings as part of a wider programme of events and activities, held to help foster closer links between local businesses and the Council.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We work extremely hard to attract new businesses into the area but I firmly believe it is also vital we work with existing businesses to help them thrive in the borough.

“These small informal meetings will continue in order that they can talk to us directly and let us know how we can help them.

“Councils are often seen as a ‘closed shop’ to businesses. They pay their rates and only deal with them if there are problems or they’ve submitted a planning application. I hope this meeting and others in the future with other businesses help us to develop close working relationships with the people who provide jobs and prosperity to the borough.”

Stuart Channon, Managing Director of Customer First Business Solutions, said: “I thought it was an excellent opportunity for a company like mine to get an idea of the views of the council. I am very grateful to Dave Hodgson, Philip Simpkins and others for their time.”

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