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ISHERWOOD: WELSH GOVERNMENT FAILING SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:56

 

SMALL and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout Wales are struggling because they are not receiving the support they need from the Welsh Government, Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has said today.

Speaking in the Welsh Conservative debate on Support for SMEs, Mr Isherwood stressed that Wales has slipped to last place in the UK competitiveness index and that the Federation of Small Businesses Wales said Welsh Labour’s 2011 Manifesto largely ignored Small Business.

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ISHERWOOD: THIRD SECTOR VITAL TO PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:55

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Communities, Mark Isherwood, has this afternoon called on the Welsh Government to recognise that the Third Sector is crucial in the reform of public services.

Speaking in the Assembly debate on Public Services Reform, Mr Isherwood,  stressed that reform that does not bring together the independent Third Sector and the Public Sector, with the citizen and the community at the centre, is doomed to fail.

He said “Effective Governments are not there to deliver every service, they are there to ensure that services are delivered. Effective Governments don’t think they have all the answers, but they do know where to find them.

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ISHERWOOD: AM QUESTIONS MINISTER OVER DEESIDE ENTERPRISE ZONE PROPOSALS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:51

FOLLOWING this week’s Welsh Government announcement that Deeside will be established as one of two Enterprise Zones in North Wales, Assembly Member for the Region Mark Isherwood has questioned the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart, on how her proposals will tie in with Flintshire County Council’s own.  

Flintshire County Council’s successful bid for a zone in Deeside was worked up and submitted before it knew when, how or if the Welsh Government would introduce Enterprise Zones in Wales.

Mr Isherwood is therefore keen that the Council's own proposals should not now be lost amidst the Minister's own proposals for an 'advanced manufacturing' zone on Deeside.

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ISHERWOOD: “SERIOUS AND DEEP-ROOTED PROBLEMS IN PARTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WALES” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:51

 

A NORTH Wales politician has spoken this week of “serious and deep-rooted problems in parts of local government” in Wales.

Welsh Conservative AM Mark Isherwood said he is aware of such problems from his own North Wales case work.

Speaking in his party’s Assembly debate on the Future of Local Government, Mr Isherwood  expressed concern about eleventh-hour amendments to the proposed Local Government (Wales) Measure which gave Welsh Ministers the powers to make an amalgamation Order to merge local government areas

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ISHERWOOD: SMALL BUSINESSES IN WALES MISSING OUT ON PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:50

 

REGIONAL Assembly Member for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, is concerned that small businesses in the region are missing out on public sector contracts.

Mr Isherwood raised the matter in the Chamber this week with the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Edwina Hart, following a meeting last week with a representative of a small business in north-east Wales who told him that “local authorities are not interested in commissioning services from it, and that they do not want to talk to it and will not look at doing things differently.”

“They said that you would think that, in this day and age, they would want to save money,” said Mr Isherwood.

“I was told that contracts were being given to a Birmingham-based company that had opened an office with a telephone in it in Mold, but whose operations were all across the border in the midlands.”

Mr Isherwood added: “One way of boosting demand in the Welsh economy is through public sector commissioning by local authorities, hospitals and so on. How will you respond to proposals to use the locality and community clauses under European legislation to support small businesses?”

The Minister replied: “I am conscious that many small businesses - as well as SMEs that have 40 or 50 employees, for example - have been affected by issues to do with the contracts that are awarded by local government. I am currently addressing those issues.”

 

 
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