Well, he would say that wouldn’t he!

Businessman calls for budget to boost businesses that just happen to be those of his fellow LEP board members.

Not the NHS, not social care, not tourism, not agriculture – businesses such as his own (housing developer – CEO of Midas Group).

Move on, move on, nothing to see here!

“<em>A budget to boost business is at the top of the wish list for the South West. Economic leaders are calling for policies that support innovation and investment – and that means business rate reform and investment in the region’s infrastructure.

Steve Hindley, CBE DL Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The South West peninsula crucially needs step change in its connectivity to unlock its potential for economic prosperity.

“We already have clusters of thriving businesses, top class universities, colleges, schools and a Science Park that compete in a global arena; and with improved access to markets, many other businesses can achieve sustainable growth and create new employment opportunities to bring our GVA up to the national average and beyond. … “