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Securing Bracknell Forest’s business future

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The Bracknell Forest Economic and Skills Development Partnership’s (ESDP) is inviting local businesses to attend an event to help shape the future of Bracknell Forest as a leading business economy with the Thames Valley region.

The event will be held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, 20 October from 9am to 10:30am.

It will explore the current strategic plans and aspirations for the borough and focus on:

  • the impact of COVID-19 on our businesses
  • how Bracknell Forest can continue to be one of the strongest business economies in the region
  • how to encourage further business to the area.

The event is introduced by Bob Collis, Chair of the ESDP and includes 5 speakers:

  • Cllr. Marc Brunel-Walker, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development & Regeneration
  • Andrew Yeadon of Public Perspectives will present the results of two major business surveys carried out in Bracknell Forest this year
  • Andrew Hunter, Bracknell Forest Council’s Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration, who will cover current business recovery planning and the emerging Local Plan
  • Paul Britton, CEO, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce who will talk about business recovery in the Thames Valley
  • James Sunderland, Bracknell MP, concludes with his thoughts on the borough’s business future

Bob Collis, Chairman of the ESDP, said:

"In light of COVID-19 and the impact this has had on businesses, there has never been a better time to come together with local agencies and partners to discuss the future of Bracknell Forest and its business economy.

"While the pandemic has not gone away, we now need to be looking towards the future and considering how we can work together to recover and make sure Bracknell Forest remains an attractive and economically sound location to welcome new businesses.

"There will undoubtedly be positive impacts from the next phase of the town centre regeneration and from Bracknell Forest’s first Business Improvement District (BID), so I would encourage businesses to register for the event."