SMEs want to work with local authorities – but not through a big agency


This event shown here is clearly set out to improve the links between the construction industry in East Sussex and two of the five District or Borough Councils within the County. That is something to be well applauded as our industry needs every bit of help that can be offered. However there appears to be some mismatches between this and the organisation that appears to be the main organiser of the event.

The organisation is called Clear Future which according to this website is based in Eastbourne. The top line of the website states “Delivering Sustainable Communities” and sustainability of course can include a number of elements, but one is clearly how far one needs to travel or where one is based and that is the theme in an event which is focused on local SMEs. However the website suggests that not all aspects are quite so local as it lists four organisations which make up the agency. The first two are very easy to understand and they are definitely sustainable in the context of East Sussex, Eastbourne and Lewes Councils are right in the heart of East Sussex. The other two however are bit less local. AECOM is an International organisation with its HQ in Los Angeles although it also has a UK base in Hertfordshire and its UK turnover appears to be £431m so it is well past the SME criteria. The other partner is Robertson Group which has a £752m turnover and it is certainly a UK company but it is based in Scotland.

The opportunity for any SME in East Sussex to be invited to meet up with local authorities in the area is clearly to be welcomed. However when the agency hosting the connections is entitled “Delivering Sustainable Communities” but it is part run by a massive Scottish company and part run by a massive Los Angeles company this starts to make things a bit less easy to understand. Perhaps the two local authorities can help by explaining what this means?

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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