Infrastructure affects every part of running a business – from transport links that impact getting from A to B, to digital connectivity that impacts how efficient a business can be.
That’s why FSB Wales recently undertook a wide-ranging piece of research focusing on how the various organisations that have responsibility for Wales’ infrastructure can contribute to meeting Wales’ long-term needs.
Are we there yet? A roadmap to better infrastructure for Wales interviewed over 400 businesses in Wales focusing on their experiences and needs regarding infrastructure, as well as assessing the bodies that are tasked with delivering on this need.
A new organisation, the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, has been tasked with delivering a 30 year plan for delivering our long-term infrastructure needs. FSB’s new report looks at what NICW’s priorities should be and how the institution can deliver for Wales’ smaller businesses.
Commenting on the report, Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said: “The vast majority of businesses in Wales are smaller firms, and so infrastructure planning and spend must deliver for these businesses in order to ensure that our economy can thrive and be as productive as possible.
“Smaller firms’ infrastructure needs range from the smaller projects to those larger projects that have often preoccupied the debate on infrastructure, although unfortunately rarely has much else materialised.
“This report makes clear that short-term political thinking and lack of engagement has led to failings on large-scale infrastructure projects for Wales.
“We’ve issued a bold call to politicians in all elected roles to commit to cross-party working and agreement in order to ensure that these mistakes are not made again in the future. Real progress can be made, and businesses across Wales can be better served only by elected representatives working more collaboratively on delivering infrastructure needs.”