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02 November 2017

FSB Wales reacts to the EIS Committee's call for a Mid-Wales Growth Deal

Commenting on the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee Report City Deals and the Regional Economies of Wales, Janet Jones, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said:

“FSB Wales supports the EIS Committee’s view that there should be a growth deal for mid-Wales. A growth deal for mid-Wales is something that FSB Wales has been trying to work towards for some time.

“Mid-Wales is home to a dynamic SME community – as a business owner in Talgarth this is something that I am proud to be a part of. Recent FSB research shows that mid-Wales has the highest proportion of the workforce in self-employment of anywhere in Wales. We have been very clear as the Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales deals are negotiated, SMEs (which make up 99.4% of Welsh businesses) should be given as much access as possible to the benefits accruing from any deal.

“Our members in mid-Wales tell us that any growth deal would have to include establishing and improving upon the building blocks of a growing economy. Transport infrastructure and digital connectivity are just two of the issues raised by our members time and time again.

“We welcome the call for a mid-Wales growth deal and look forward to engaging with stakeholders to work towards this becoming a reality for business in mid-Wales.”