GREATER Cambridge Partnership, the public-private collaboration promoting economic development in a 25-mile radius of Cambridge, has produced an action plan to help firms make the most of national economic recovery from recession. In the new plan GCP poin

GREATER Cambridge Partnership, the public-private collaboration promoting economic development in a 25-mile radius of Cambridge, has produced an action plan to help firms make the most of national economic recovery from recession.

In the new plan GCP points to grants available for growth, new facilities for start-up businesses, including a project promoted by Huntingdonshire District Council in St Ives, public sector procurement initiatives, including one in Huntingdon, retail loyalty schemes, including St Ives, work experience for young people and wider business support.

GCP chairman Nigel Brown said: "Despite the difficult times we have been going through, Greater Cambridge weathered the 1991 downturn relatively well and the predominance of knowledge intensive companies combined with a broad business base means we can do so again.

"The GCP's procurement programme to help small businesses secure local public sector contracts is a terrific example of the GCP bridging the gap between the public and private sectors.

"Signs that the recession may be levelling off have also been detected and so now is the time to act, to be ahead of the competition both locally and globally."

INFORMATION: The Greater Cambridge Economic Upturn Action Plan is available to download from the GCP website at www.gcp.uk.net/downloads/UAP.pdf. The partnership brings together senior representatives from the public, business and community sectors as a cohesive driving force with a unique mandate to meet the goals of the sub-regional economic strategy to exploit its potential as a thriving world-class economic area.