In March 2023, key issues being raised by Buckinghamshire businesses included:

  • High energy costs
  • Recruitment difficulties
  • Poor public transport links (insufficient bus services in particular) exacerbating recruitment difficulties
  • Some manufacturers hesitating to invest due to economic uncertainty and increases in costs (including increases in business rates)
  • Increased interest in opportunities within the electric vehicle supply chain

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 on a monthly basis to inform national strategy.

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