There have been questions of late as to whether we are seeing 'the return of the EDBF':
Futures Forum: The Return of the East Devon Business Forum >>> >>> or, the ‘Greater Exeter Growth and Development Board'
Of course, businesses need representation and access to decision-makers - but it's always a question of how this is to happen and who is to have that access:
Futures Forum: Top-down regeneration in East Devon
And East Devon has to tread very carefully in the wake of its rather messy, if not rather sinister, former set-up:
Futures Forum: "The depressing truth is that corruption is endemic in Britain’s bureaucratic planning system" >>> >>> >>> >>> "The taint left by Graham Brown from March 2013 lingers in high circles, continuing to discredit East Devon District Council 5 years on."
The EDW blog comments on the latest proposal from the District Council:
A NEW EAST DEVON BUSINESS FORUM?
14 JAN 2018
And just how will EDDC decide who are the top 50 employers? Turnover, number of employees, closeness to Woodbury or Otterton? Or big developers? Businesses submitting the most planning applications or biggest landholders? Or might it be social responsibility – lol? Environmental credentials – lol? Employee stakeholders – lol?
And how will they treat these “top 50 compared to the bottom several thousand?
Shades of the discredited, run by disgraced ex-councillor Graham Brown, East Devon Business Forum? And, here it comes again – scrutiny … conflicts of interest …
Owl ruffles its feathers …
“For the many or the few” to quote someone-or-other!
“Develop more effective business engagement though:
1) Publishing quarterly business bulletins and increasing SME readership;
2) Identifying and establishing communication with up to 6 Key Ambassador businesses in East Devon
3) developing and maintaining a contact list of our top 50 employers;
4) Identifying and making contact with businesses comprising our 4 GESP priority sectors (Smart Logistics, Data Analytics, Knowledge Based Industries and Environmental Futures).
A new East Devon Business Forum? | East Devon Watch