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Unity to help businesses

PUBLISHED: 22:58 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

COUNCILS in Suffolk are preparing to take a proactive approach to the current economic turmoil and unite in adopting strategies to help businesses.

They will all "pull together" in establishing the best route forward to ensure that Suffolk does not become dragged down by the looming recession.

COUNCILS in Suffolk are preparing to take a proactive approach to the current economic turmoil and unite in adopting strategies to help businesses.

They will all “pull together” in establishing the best route forward to ensure that Suffolk does not become dragged down by the looming recession.

They will bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors and address issues faced by vulnerable groups and individuals. An “economic summit” is planned for December 4.

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of the county council, said: “Suffolk is blessed with a rich mix of successful small businesses of all descriptions. We have many award-winning local companies of which we must be both proud and protective. Clearly, it is vital that we all pull together to identify ways that we can help the local economy through these challenging times.

“I also have very real concerns that the most vulnerable individuals and groups in our communities may be amongst the worst affected by the recession.

“The public, private and voluntary sectors need to come together to jointly seek the best possible way forward for the county.

“We very much hope that by taking a collective approach we will be able to find both a practical and sustainable way forward.”

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council, said: "At a time of financial concern, community leaders have an extremely important role to play and I look forward to meeting with colleagues from across Suffolk to discuss how best we can alleviate the problems that are affecting people throughout the county."

And Ray Herring, leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, added: “It is important that we work at a local, county and regional level to ensure that there is the maximum support, advice and information on offer to our local communities and businesses. This meeting will hopefully be an important step forwards in coordinating and prioritising our actions to achieve an effective and efficient response to offset the local impact of the global and national recession.”

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