In January 2022, key issues being raised by Buckinghamshire businesses included:
Ongoing Omicron-induced financial difficulties for businesses operating in the tourism, hospitality and events sectors.
The availability of grants for a range of sectors including marketing, healthcare, tourism, hospitality, leisure and events.
Brexit Customs Charges on services purchased by international clients, along with recouping ‘bad debt’ from Europe.
Frustrations with the planning system and how innovation activity is encouraged.
Support for start-ups following the closure of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
The above issues were highlighted to BBF by local businesses. BBF use this 'on-the-ground' intelligence to inform local business support activity, and share it with central Government (BEIS) on a weekly basis to inform national strategy.