Supporting our members by representing their interests to government and others in the public and private sector

As a Board, we have made a commitment to representing the interests of membership through as many channels, and with as many stakeholders as we can as we know that new opportunities are important in helping to define all our futures.

Here’s a few ways that we have showcased our unique national network of credible, quality assured enterprise support organisations during the last quarter.

July – September 2018

We have had a busy summer here at the National Enterprise Network, on a number of fronts. We have continued to lobby Government on behalf of members engaging with BEIS consultations on Productivity but also writing to the Secretary of State about the value of a National Business Start Up Programme. We are awaiting a response but there seems to be mixed messages coming out from Government about business support.

You may have read an article in The Sun suggesting that the New Enterprise Allowance scheme may be closed down, but we have also heard that the DWP is supportive of continuing the programme (albeit with some changes). We believe that when delivered well (for instance by our members), NEA is a valuable scheme and that it should be continued. We are lobbying with other organisations in support of its continuation.

We also entered two Proof of Concepts bids to the Governments Business Basics programme which was established to promote Productivity. Although it may be unlikely that the bids will attract funding, we believe that it will help to raise the profile of the support provided by members.

NEN has however been successful in partnering with international colleagues on two Erasmus funded projects. Inception meetings will be held in the Autumn and we will provide an update on projects and how members can get involved as the projects unfold.

I look forward to seeing you at conference.

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