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As election season approaches, the power to shape the future of our local economy is in our hands. For citizens and business leaders in Wales, this is a critical time to engage with political candidates and ensure that they prioritise the needs of our vibrant business community. Whether you run a small enterprise, lead a larger corporation, or simply care about the economic health of our region, asking the right questions can help gauge candidates’ commitment to fostering a thriving business environment.

Questions to Consider

As citizens and business leaders, we have the power to influence this process. When candidates knock on your door, consider asking the following questions to gauge their commitment to fostering a thriving business environment in Wales:

  1. What are your plans for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?
    SMEs are the backbone of the Welsh economy. Policies that support their growth, provide access to finance, and reduce bureaucratic hurdles can significantly impact our economic landscape.
  2. How will you invest in infrastructure to support business growth?
    Reliable infrastructure, including transportation and digital connectivity, is critical for businesses to thrive. Candidates should outline their plans for improving these areas.
  3. What measures will you take to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?
    Innovation drives economic progress. Look for commitments to funding research and development, as well as initiatives that support startups and entrepreneurial ventures.
  4. How do you plan to address the skills gap in the workforce?
    A skilled workforce is essential for business success. Policies that enhance education, vocational training, and continuous professional development are vital.
  5. What are your strategies for ensuring sustainable economic growth?
    Sustainable practices are not just ethical but economically sensible in the long term. Candidates should be ready to discuss how they will promote environmentally friendly business practices without stifling growth.

By posing these thoughtful questions to candidates, we can play an active role in shaping a prosperous future for businesses in Wales. SMEs are the backbone of our economy, and robust infrastructure, innovative thinking, a skilled workforce, and sustainable practices are the pillars that will support their growth.

As we engage with our potential leaders, let’s ensure they are prepared to offer concrete, actionable plans that will drive our economic success. Together, we can create an environment where businesses thrive, innovations flourish, and our economy grows sustainably, benefiting all who call Wales home.

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