Not a title to trip off the tongue, but then nothing about this organisation was ever really digestible or transparent. It’s fallen victim to the new Government’s budget cuts but when it was set up by the previous administration I sent for an information pack to see what it was all about, especially to see how it might support my own business. Its objectives were as vague as its budget was immense.
So it’s no surprise that one of the main criticisms all of the RDAs have faced is that they focus too much on the wrong stuff, not least on supporting big companies who don’t need that much help. It came as no surprise when three years ago the role of CEO went to professional glad hander and middle aged man in suit Steven Broomhead, the former head of Warrington Borough Council and principal of the local college, ie somebody with absolutely no experience in business whatsoever. He spent 1.5 billion in three years at the helm. I never heard from them once in the ten plus years they were in existence, although I have a registered limited company and did try to find out what they could do to help. Couldn’t tell you of any tangible achievements for small businesses at all really. I can only conclude their demise is neither here nor there to the small businesses of the region.
And yes. I know I’m moaning.