Partner and Contractor to Government

Robert J. Bennett

in Local Business Voice

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584734
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731105 | DOI:
Partner and Contractor to Government

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Modern chambers rely to a major extent on government finance through contracts. Early relationships developed through municipal improvement and local partnerships. This expanded to cover various consultations processes on local and national committees; then provision of apprenticeships. Since the 1990s there has also been chamber leadership of local economic initiatives. Links became so close that after 1996 some chambers merged with government financed Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). After these were abolished, chambers have worked with regional agencies, and after the 2010 election with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). In Ireland there has been important partnering of chambers with EU initiatives. The modern chamber of the last 20-30 years is different from any stage in the past. This creates major challenges for the future.

Keywords: Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs); public-private partnerships; Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs); apprenticeships; municipal improvement; government contracts; local strategic partnerships; Regional Development Agencies; EU funding

Chapter.  34501 words. 

Subjects: Business History

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