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X Capacity building not-for-profits. Not-for-profits have been recognised as valuable partners and trusted intermediary bodies for co-investment initiatives. However, in order for their inputs to be effective, there is a need to ensure that they can build their capacity and adequately cover core costs. This may require relevant advice and support as well as accessible loan and funding facilities. It was also pointed out that the private sector can help to develop not-for-profits through, for example, secondments or providing support in marketing or finance.

X Ensuring that all public sector agencies with an impact on site availability work together. x The need for strong and committed political leadership. David Walburn also spelt out some of the key success factors from their experience of developing CDFIs: x Creating good quality deal flow – there has been a presumption that SMEs will just walk through the door but there is a need for sophisticated marketing to attract clients. x Rejection of the common tendency to think that entrepreneurs in deprived areas are not entrepreneurial.

X Show professionalism, risk-taking, entrepreneurship and work to commercial timetables. It is also important to find ways to cut down the lengthy processes and bureaucracy of funding applications which can hold up projects. x Understand what cities, localities and regions own and what their assets are in order to sweat these and use them to catalyse private sector investment. Public authorities often have unused or underused 49 assets such as land and buildings which can be developed to provide catalysts for further private sector investment, through, for example, creating managed workspaces or new land for property development.

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