The Business Alliance was formed from Lord Heseltine’s vision that major national business support organisations should work in unison combining their resources to provide an exemplary level of support in the UK.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Alliance (HIBA) represents the collaboration between the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Business South, WSX Enterprise, British Marine, EEF – the Manufacturers’ Organisation, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
The main focus is to provide simplified access to a range of information on support for businesses available both locally and nationally. The Alliance also acts as a link between the two LEPs, Local Authorities and wider business community giving local business the opportunity to influence the areas’ strategic economic plans. This link works both ways as the LEPs and Local Authorities often use the Alliance to reach local businesses.