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Business groups oppose government's LEP decision

Date Added: 06/04/2011  

Several leading business leaders in the UK have joined together to express collective disappointment with regard to the government's decision on how Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) should be managed.

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced recently that a group dedicated to merging these programmes will be run exclusively by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), a measure which has not proved popular with other organisations such as the Forum of Private Business (FPB) and the Federation of Small Businesses.

According to these bodies, "wider business interests and concerns" will not be taken fully into account if just the BCC has complete responsibility over this area of LEPs.

For instance, Phil Orford, chief executive of the FPB, labelled this decision "surprising and disappointing" and warned that it is bound to "raise questions about the localism agenda and public procurement policy".

This comes after Mr Orford recently praised the coalition for its clarification on details of the Bribery Act 2010.

Posted by Miles Pritchard

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