Business awards was a spectacular success

PUBLISHED: 12:16 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:14 02 June 2010

FENLAND S first ever business awards were a spectacular event and were successfully delivered against a background of one of the worst set of economic conditions in living memory. Ironically the event- promoted by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard- coi

FENLAND'S first ever business awards were a spectacular event and were successfully delivered against a background of one of the worst set of economic conditions in living memory.

Ironically the event- promoted by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard- coincided with evidence arriving of the slow emergence of the UK economy from recession.

That Britain, and indeed Fenland, is not out of the woods yet goes without saying but we do believe Friday's event illustrates some key characteristics of local enterprise that augurs well for the future.

The companies who entered this year's inaugural awards displayed a commendable and invigorating set of business successes to which great pride can attach.

Now comes the prospect for those winners and runners up in setting both the standard and the challenge for the years ahead.

The challenges for Fenland much deeper, however, that awards success and we would be the first to admit it.

Under pinning confidence in our economy, and our community, needs some reassurance that our political leaders have not taken their eyes off the ball to deliver better schools and better colleges in Fenland.

The Learning and Skills Council debacle over the aborted bid for a new campus in March is neither easily forgiven, or forgotten, and especially so these months as Fenland students dig deep into their own and their parents' pockets to pay for buses to take them to colleges in Peterborough, Kings Lynn or Cambridge.

Happily work on the £95 million Building Schools for the Future programme for Fenland schools is still on target for work to start next spring, and woe betide any Government upset at this late stage.

But there are many other requirements for a Fenland of the future, not least among them the need to companies to rise to the challenge of better training.

For now Fenland is beginning to recover, and let's hope nothing impedes us moving forward.


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