Breakfast briefings

Project information

Index: 1348R4
Acronym:Young SMEs
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location UNITED KINGDOM NORTH WEST Greater Manchester Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Oldham County Council breakfast briefings with local businesses run every quarter

Good Practice Information

Oldham business breakfasts are held quarterly and provide local businesses with an opportunity to engage with the Leader and Chief Executive of the Council as well as other key Council Officers. The breakfasts are really popular with the local business community, with approx 70-100 businesses attending each event, because they provide a forum whereby they cantalk about their business growth needs
with people with the power to orchestrate change and influence policy at the local and sub-regional level. Meetings start at 7.30am and finish at 9.30 am, which is important as it allows businesses to attend the meeting without if affecting their working day. Each meeting follows a similar common format. The breakfasts are free to participants and provide a forum for local businesses.

Evidence of success

Ongoing initiative is a strong indicator of continuing popularity and success. Attendance: quarterly meetings attended by between 70-100 local businesses. The briefings have resulted in a stronger relationship between local authority, council officials and local businesses. Local businesses understand more about the Council perspective and also get a direct feed into development of policies.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Louise Slater

Oldham County Council

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