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08.02.08
New appointment for transformation of Business Link

Serco has confirmed that Adam Chambers has been appointed in an interim role to lead the transformation of the Business Link service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset. This announcement follows the unexpected resignation of Jonathan Walsh who joined the company in November last year.

Mr Chambers, the director who spearheaded all aspects of the transition to the new service arrangements since the South West of England Regional Development Agency confirmed the appointment of Peninsula Enterprise as the new provider of Business Link services last April, will continue to work together with the organisation's executive team. Having assumed full responsibility for the service at the beginning of December, the team will now build on the positive consultations held with partners and stakeholders over the past eight months, developing greater front-line support for local business communities and new enterprises right across the region.

"The fact we experienced no hiccups and no dip in performance during a complex transition programme, is a credit to Adam and his colleagues ChrisRonaldson and StuartAnnett on the Business Link Management team," says Jerry Benson, head of Serco's business support activities.

"The success of the transition has shown that we have in place a highly experienced and effective team to transform and manage the organisation. Adam is a highly experienced senior director, who has successfully delivered complex public sector change programmes. With him leading the organisation during the transformation phase, we will maintain the very positive momentum and relationships built up during the transition, as we shift our operational emphasis and prepare to implement new initiatives and new services in collaboration with partners in both the public and private sectors.

"Naturally, we're disappointed to be losing Jonathan so soon after he joined us, but we fully appreciate his personal circumstances and his contribution in establishing such a strong position from which we can now move forward with confidence."

Mr Walsh confirmed his resignation for personal reasons earlier this week. "I have no doubt that Peninsula Enterprise will play a key role in supporting the successful development of small and medium sized firms in the region over the coming years. The directors and the staff are highly experienced and motivated to make a significant contribution to the region's future economic growth. Unforeseen and difficult personal circumstances mean that I have had to make the hard decision not to be part of that future. I would like to thank my colleagues for their support and understanding and I wish everyone directly and indirectly involved with the venture continued success."

For further information please contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966 or email enquiries@blpeninsula.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Business Link Devon and Cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Clare Morgan
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The Partnership Office
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Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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