In March 2023, key issues being raised by Buckinghamshire businesses included:
High energy costs
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.