I met with the council last week to discuss economic development for Bromsgrove, specifically the High Street and Technology Park. After speaking to numerous business owners as well as constituents it is obvious that not enough is being done.
The recession has been tough for businesses all around the country and Bromsgrove has been affected.
However, the decline in the High Street and the lack of development on Bromsgrove Technology Park has been around before the recession.
Business rates are fixed by central government but the Liberal Democrats would allow local authorities to control business rates and give them another tool to build up local commerce.
However, the MP and local council can do more to promote Bromsgrove and its connections to the rest of the country.
For example there should be conferences/events to attract businesses to Bromsgrove and a proper plan to target specific types of retailers and industries. The local council could also provide better support to local independent entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business whether in retail or industry. A recession is a time to work even harder, not just use it as a ready made excuse.