In a report published yesterday, the BCC say that improved regional structures could help tackle shortcomings on issues affecting business such as transport, labour markets, land use, business support, inward investment, tourism, regeneration and European funding.
The report goes on to say that too many organisations are involved in economic development and regeneration while regional strategic planning is dominated by central government. The FT singles out criticism of the arrangement in English regions which have nothing to compare with the powerful set-up in Scotland or Wales. The report proposes absorbing the functions of English Partnerships and the Rural Development Commission within the one agency. Previous economic projects, it was noted, had been hindered by too much paperwork in too many different departments.