The Plymouth Area Business Council (PABC) was originally formed in 1999 and consists of the senior individual key sector leaders from the City and travel to work area. Membership is by invitation only and this is simply to ensure that the PABC remains balanced and relevant; that its voice represents qualified and diverse opinions, and that practical experience from a wide range of professions and sectors is considered. Leadership is no longer defined solely by job title, but also by influence and engagement, so PABC reflects that in its membership which mirrors the changing demographic of business leadership.
The progressive development of a partnership culture in our City and the Economic sub-region has required a steadily increasing input from the private sector, and those who we work with. The PABC therefore considers all major economic issues and may, as appropriate, express a private or public view that always aims to be a consensus across its membership.
However, its core aim is to encourage and sustain constructive dialogue and ideas between the Private, Third and Public sectors operating in the Plymouth City region for the long-term benefit of its inhabitants. It is therefore relevant and important that senior Plymouth City Council (PCC) officers and the Members of the PCC cabinet and shadow cabinet are standing observers and invitees to its meetings.
The representation of overall private sector views in the Plymouth travel to work area is a standing challenge which is strengthened by a full and inclusive representation of individual senior key sector leaders’ voices appropriately co-ordinated.
PABC became an integral part of the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and is now the economic policy advisory group to the Chamber.
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