One of those stories that interests few people outside the business world is the emergence of another business support organisation.
Thames Valley Berkshire is the latest organisation, funded either by business or Government, in a long line. Others, some gone some still around, include:
Thames Valley Enterprise
Business Link Thames Valley
Buisness Link Berkshire and Wiltshire
Reading UK CIC
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
Thames Valley Economic Partnership
Reading Enterprise Hub
Reading Innovation and Growth Team
Thames Valley Investment Network
… and probably others.
Many of the same faces crop up in the different organisations which ought to tell its own story.
Those which have gone and often been victims of cutbacks but others have been victims of the fact they all fall out with each other because they keep treading on each others toes.
Why not just have one organisation with regional divisions to support firms?
Not to attract firms to their area. That just means Government money spent on Manchester fighting against London and Kent fighting Cornwall.
And all that ends up with is spin. You won’t find many of these organisations that don’t have a PR company.