New date for local business forum in Bideford

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By tinap | Monday, February 04, 2013, 12:15

Local businesses in Bideford and North Devon are invited to a special Local Economy Forum to discuss how the two local councils can help them move forward.

The original event, organised by Torridge District Council and North Devon Council, was planned for Wednesday 23 January, had to be postponed because of the poor weather conditions. However, a new date has now been confirmed for 6pm on Thursday 7 February at the Caddsdown Business Support Centre in Bideford.

The evening will include guest speakers from the world of finance, broadband accessibility, support for local businesses, planning across the districts and business rates. There will be ample opportunities - and encouragement - for people attending to ask the speakers questions.

Lead member for the Torridge Economy, Councillor Phil Collins, says: "This is an opportunity for local businesses to quiz the experts on the panel. By talking to us, both councils may gain a better understanding of the needs of local businesses and their comments may help shape our economic strategies. We want to support local businesses and focus our resources on the most beneficial areas."

North Devon Council's Executive Member for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Prowse, says: "We're looking at growth in the economy and helping support growth in jobs. There will be an opportunity as well to talk about the forthcoming changes in business rates. Most importantly, we want to hear from local businesses as to how they see the local economy and how North Devon and Torridge can support them."

Businesses from across Torridge and North Devon are welcome to attend the free event. Topics under discussion will include:

 •Finance for businesses (Lloyds Bank)

 •Broadband access (BT)

 •Business support schemes (North Devon+)

 •The Local Plan and the economy (Torridge and North Devon Councils)

 •Changes in business rates and how they may affect local businesses (Torridge)

 

This will be followed by a special question and answer session, where those attending can ask questions of the panel.

For more information please phone 01237 428772 or email georgina.beardsley@torridge.gov.uk.

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