Doing the business

Buckinghamshire Business First, the growth hub for the county, has been celebrating its key achievements during the past 12 months. They include the milestone of welcoming more than 10,000 business members, and the continued impressive growth that has built up in the five years since its inception. With further growth in mind, Buckinghamshire Business First revealed ambitious plans for the future at its annual meeting on 23rd November.

It was held at its business hub in Saunderton, where guests heard from members who have taken advantage of the available support and achieved impressive growth, including “growth champions” Angela Spang (pictured), of JUNE MEDICAL and James Hakesley, of Cube Video. Helen Pethybridge, of Chiltern Coaching, explained how she had made the most of her partner membership to find new customers and win new business, and a new film showcasing member support was shown. It can be viewed at

Chair of Buckinghamshire Business First, Alex Pratt OBE, gave an inspiring talk on the importance of the business community working together to create the right conditions for growth in the county, and how the creation and success of Buckinghamshire Business First was a demonstration of the county’s position at the entrepreneurial heart of Britain.

Buckinghamshire Business First was the idea of 10 local entrepreneurs with a ‘do-it-for-themselves’ mentality who wanted to encourage business growth and a strong economy in Buckinghamshire. In growing from 10 to 10,000 members since it came into being, it has been privileged to work with nearly one third of all businesses in the county. Buckinghamshire Business First’s own success story enables thousands more to be written, thanks to the wide range of support on offer, including one-to-one business support, grant funding programmes, skills workshops and networking events.

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, said: “We were delighted to see so many business members attend the AGM and we really appreciate the passion and dedication they show towards Buckinghamshire Business First and their support in helping to create a strong and dynamic economy in Buckinghamshire.”

She added: “We look forward to supporting all Buckinghamshire businesses with their growth ambitions, funding requirements and business support enquiries as we continue to nurture our thriving business community across the whole county.”

Buckinghamshire Business First has helped create almost 3,000 jobs through its own business support programmes and has brokered many others. It has distributed grants worth £10.7million to hard working businesses and brought new trade into Buckinghamshire by supporting 80-plus companies to relocate to the county.

It says there has never been a better time to grow your business with such an abundance of support on offer to help businesses achieve their goals. This includes grant funding and specialised support from Buckinghamshire Business First’s team of business advisers under its new Buckinghamshire Business Growth Programme.