Lisa Devayya WHBC Economic Development Officer
I joined Welwyn Hatfield as Economic Development Officer in January 2016. This was a brand new post as the council recognised that businesses are the life blood of the economy and wanted to support the businesses community to thrive and grow.
My role includes acting as a key point of contact for businesses seeking advice from the council or its partners, promoting inward investment to the borough, offering support and advice (including signposting to other supporting organisations), apprenticeship advice and guidance, promoting business grants and organising informative events.
The Welwyn Hatfield Business Forum has been set up to debate common opportunities and threats and devise joint actions to improve the business environment. Representatives from a range of different sized organisations from across the borough, meet quarterly with the council to offer a representative voice for the business community and deliver specific actions that promote local business.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in partnership with the Forum is working to ensure the area is a place where business flourishes; where people will want to come to live and work, all in a safe environment.
We work in partnership with a wide range of key stakeholders including our business community, trade bodies, Local Enterprise Partnership, Oaklands College, Hertfordshire University and commercial agents to make this happen.