Published: 22nd Feb 2011

Businesses play a key role in local communities across the country, and it is vital that we allow them to prosper and grow in order to create new jobs in the private sector. There is a great deal that can be done to create an environment for them to succeed – for example, by making corporation tax more competitive or by reducing red tape for small and medium enterprises. However, giving businesses a stake in their local community can lead to an enhanced sense of cooperation and openness with the people who live there. Businesses, local authorities and local people should not be competing – rather they should be working together to achieve mutually desirable objectives. Of course, there will be times when agreement cannot always be found, but a sense of cooperation can lead to more jobs, regeneration of local areas and housing which meets the needs of local … (To read the full article, subscribe below)