View our plans for growth and investment
Learn about our recovery and growth proposal, and our strategic vision, which sets out the county's unique identity and our ambitions for the area.
Buckinghamshire Growth Board
The Buckinghamshire Growth Board is a partnership of key public and private sectors, providing the forum for:
- addressing inequality
- supporting regeneration
- supporting economic and skills growth
- effective collaborative thinking
The Growth Board is also the overarching strategic board for Buckinghamshire that sets the vision and overall strategy and has oversight of the accountability resting with it.
The Board ensures the alignment and understanding of Buckinghamshire’s plans:
- climate change
- health and wellbeing
The Board will facilitate the development of Buckinghamshire’s strategic place-based initiatives and provide a single point of reference for engagement with the UK Government on local and regional challenges and opportunities. Its core membership includes:
- Buckinghamshire Council
- Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Buckinghamshire Business First
- UK Government Representatives
- chairs of sub-boards
The Board has played a key role in overseeing the formulation of Buckinghamshire’s Strategic Vision for 2050, the development of the Buckinghamshire Recovery and Growth Proposition and has also helped in steering the Bucks UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Supporting this board are a series of themed sub-boards:
Buckinghamshire's strategic vision for 2050
The Board brought local partners together to develop a strategic vision for Buckinghamshire.
It explores the current strengths, challenges and opportunities present within our county and sets out our aims and ambitions to achieve a thriving, resilient, and successful Buckinghamshire.
These are centred around:
- successful businesses and careers
- vibrant and connected places
- thriving culture, heritage and natural environment
Our strategic vision has outlined Buckinghamshire’s unique identity and ambitions for our area. It expresses our partnership focus and commitment to addressing the challenges that coronavirus (COVID-19), Brexit, and climate change present for Buckinghamshire.
Having developed the strategic vision, the Board are now engaging with key local stakeholders to deliver the vision.
Find out more by reading Succeeding as a place: achieving our shared vision for Buckinghamshire to 2050 (PDF, 4.2 MB).
Working together for growth in Buckinghamshire
Through the Growth Board and other strategic forums, we collaborate with local partners to achieve economic growth.
Some of the highlights so far include:
- Buckinghamshire LEP is ranked 4th highest out of 38 LEPs for Innovation and Buckinghamshire is the 4th highest LEP area for Information and Communication Sectors
- Buckinghamshire Business First secures over £3 million annually to support all businesses in the county and represents 13,000 business members and 75% of the county’s private sector workforce
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust was rated as ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the Care Quality Commission
Buckinghamshire Growth Board has readied a Recovery and Growth Proposal for central government. This demonstrates how this cooperative effort is beneficial to the county and we can build on this and achieve much more together.
Find out more about the activities and programmes of our key strategic partners:
A County Deal for Buckinghamshire
Central Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill introduced new devolution opportunities for local areas.
We are seeking a County Deal for Buckinghamshire to:
- seize opportunities to accelerate recovery
- provide investment for vital projects
- improve the delivery of important services
Our proposal seeks a devolved skills budget for Buckinghamshire, along with local delivery of national employment programmes to directly cater for communities and encourage growth across the county.
Buckinghamshire Shared Prosperity Fund
This is part of the £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) that has been made available for local investment and is part of the Central Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ commitment. Buckinghamshire’s allocation is £5.8 million.
Buckinghamshire Rural Business Grants (BRBG) Fund
This £1.8 million fund will provide crucial support to small rural businesses in the county and has been made possible through the Government’s £110 million Rural England Prosperity Fund.