Category: Growth Strategy

Re-opening the High Street is just the beginning of the changes needed…

Re-opening the High Street guidance was issued by the UK government recently and gives generalised advice for local authorities and others involved with town centre management. But what does this mean for retailers on the high street over the next few weeks. Also how will this affect the high street over the next 12-18 months,…
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What happens next?

It is Easter 2020, week 3 of Lockdown.  No one knows what happens next.  Telling the story of your City or town is important, because these are strange times, which we will not see again.  There maybe another COVID19 outbreak.  No one knows for sure.  The next pandemic may look very different to the current…
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Trade

Going Global & International Trade International Trade was predictably the main message at the #Heathrowbusinesssummit, at – you guessed – Heathrow Airport! We were reminded of the messages from the Heathrow business summit following a recent return visit to Heathrow airport. As an aside the visit happened to coincide with the celebrations for #BA100 -the centenary…
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Three ways economic development can help business today

  What are the three ways economic development can help business today? Collecting the bins and planning are statutory functions at most local authorities in England, economic development  (ED) function is not a statutory function.  So it is right that we ask what is the value of economic development and what contribution does it make…
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How (not) to sell infrastructure projects

What do we mean by Infrastructure? Infrastructure – roads, rail, sewerage, airports are often big projects which offer benefits for future generations.  But infrastructure projects also often have big implications – including big disruption for the residents who have to contend with the traffic diversions, noise and change. OK, give me some examples… Red Potato…
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Don’t miss the HS2 train! SMEs need to get on board

Our journey with HS2 begins The HS2 train hasn’t yet arrived for passengers, but for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), it is already time to get on board.   OK, enough of the puns, but you get the point.  For SMEs to benefit from large scale infrastructure opportunities the time to get involved is…
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A1M Growth Area

A1M Growth Area Meeting It seems like things are happening along the A1M Growth Area.  Here is a report from the A1M Growth Area Forum meeting for businesses. [View the story “A1(M) Forum: how can we plan for future growth?” on Storify]

Some nice workshop feedback…thanks!

Education workshop feedback Since our intervention, Red Potato staff have received this great workshop feedback. Many thanks to @welhatcouncil for these kind comments: “We would like to thank the The Director of Red Potato, Jay Wheeler, who led the Education Workshop on Apprenticeships, Skills & Training at the Welwyn Hatfield Annual Alliance Conference on the…
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Red Potato announced as finalist in Hertfordshire Business Awards

Fantastic news Red Potato is a finalist in the “Commercial Business in the Community” category at the Hertfordshire Business Awards!  This is a great privilege, and we were really pleased to hear the news last week.  While we hope to go on and win the award, we also recognise that business investment in the community…
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What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

Well first of all, if our straw poll is anything to go by, most entrepreneurs wouldn’t describe themselves as “entrepreneurs”! In our survey the most common words business owners used to describe themselves were “positive, determined, optimistic”.   Not one of them described themselves as an “entrepreneur”. This is understandable, because the truth is not…
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