Effective Enterprise Management
Enterprise and local development demand the same attention to targets and deliverability that we expect from successful multi-nationals. After all if we don’t set targets we can hardly expect to achieve them.In the UK, as Head of Economic Development in a large local authority I developed and managed annual economic plans for the District and through these I introduced district goals and management targets for the first time into the authority. In my final full year there in 1996 we attracted 1,000 new jobs to the District, a record achievement for such an area. Much of this was achieved by close collaboration between central and local government and local private and voluntary sectors.
As a Business Adviser previous to that in both Derbyshire and Birmingham I was privileged to work with a portfolio of around sixty different small and medium sized enterprises, help them with starting and expansion, secure investment and build marketing strategies. I think that in many cases success didn’t come from clever advice but more from listening and getting into tune with what would really spark success for each unique entrepreneur that came to me for support.