One of the ideas to spur on small local businesses are enterprise networks. Business networks bring together many local companies to showcase what a particular geographic area has to offer. It could be highlighting the region’s local attractions for example – in this area we have one of the country’s oldest theme parks; it celebrated 97 years in business this year. With this were other heritage properties who wanted to show exactly what you get for your day out in their grounds. You really only know what’s actually out there on your doorstep when you talk to other business owners. Workshops on how to get the best out of any local government schemes; perhaps a joint enterprise for energy savings initiatives There could well be opportunities to borrow finances or indeed lend some in peer to peer schemes. So much can be achieved to support each other in these challenging times. Every avenue should be explored – together!