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Steve J.Bennett Chair; North West BSSP Steering Group

Business Support Simplification Programme


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• The past is consigned to History • Today is NOT about reviewing Business Link and historical Business Support • The ‘Theatre’ is changing – prompted by the 2006 budget speech • 3000+ products and services to be rationalised to c.100


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• Steering Group established • 4 Working Groups; – Business Needs – Products and Services – Delivery – Measurement • Initial consultation period ends with submission on 14th September 2007 – that’s 44 days!


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• The programme is being driven by ‘Business Needs’: – Added value – ‘Fit for purpose’

• The North West is helping to lead the programme and we are determined to establish the region as an ‘exemplar’ • Business Link is the stated ‘primary’ vehicle and BLNW, established in April 2007 has already engaged with 25,972 customers


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West • Business Needs – private, public and academic sectors: – Increase Revenue – Reduce Costs – Improve Efficiency • Products and Services to reflect these • Delivery mechanisms must be slick, efficient, capable and appropriate • Activity will be measured: – Success celebrated – Failure changed


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• This is your opportunity to influence future direction and future Business Support • In the absence of comment and feedback – the programme will be centrally-focused. • It is happening – ‘spread the word’, engage and contribute.


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• The process is like a steamroller – better to be a driver than be part of the road!


Business Support Simplification Programme – North West

• Today’s programme: 9.30 – 10.30 10.30 – 12.00 12.00 – 12.55 12.55 – 13.00 13.00 – 14.00

Speaker Plenary Workshop Sessions Q&A Panel Closing Remarks Networking Lunch


http://www.nwda.co.uk/docs/SteveBennett_IoD