In his monthly Western Mail column, Acorn's Matt Southall addresses the forthcoming Assembly elections.
n less than two weeks, people across Wales will be heading to the polling booths to make a decision about Wales' future.
Last year's general election saw 2.2 million people in Wales cast their vote, and now the country's major parties will battle it out for those votes once again on Thursday, May 5.
We've heard from business representative bodies such as the IoD and CBI about their own manifestos and what they'd like to see from the next government, but what of the parties themselves?
As a businessman, I want to know that the party I vote for will represent not just my interests, but the interests of the wider economy.
I'm pleased to see that all the main parties have put business interests high on their agendas, with small businesses clearly seen as fundamental.
Each party has their own ideas as to how this support should look.
The Conservatives and Plaid Cymru want to reform business rates, including abolishing them for small businesses.
Labour too want to cut tax bills, and they and the Liberal Democrats are backing the idea of a new Welsh Development Bank to bring together finance and support for small businesses.
Another issue close to the hearts of many in Welsh business is that of procurement process and opportunities.
Labour and Plaid have both flagged this in their manifestos and highlighted the importance of Welsh supply opportunities going to Welsh businesses wherever possible.
I've talked a lot about skill shortages in Wales and it is no surprise to see that I'm not alone in realising the impact this has on the economy.
Apprenticeships are a great way of ensuring that we have a workforce fit for purpose and whether we see the 'thousands' of apprenticeships suggested by the Conservatives, 50,000 as promised by Plaid or Labour's 100,000, I hope that whoever takes power in May pushes ahead with apprenticeships.
This should be alongside development of skills and training across all sectors - in the short term but also through developing the curriculum so the skills of generations to come are fit for purpose over the long term.
Infrastructure is another unifying area, with all parties agreeing that dramatic improvements need to be made, as the Lib Dems put it, we need 'infrastructure fit for the modern world'.
This doesn't just encompass our vitally important road and rail networks, in the North and the South of Wales, but also improvements in and better exploitation of digital connections.
But as with all considerations that need acting on to develop the conditions for a better economy in Wales, two things that I think should over-ride the 'how' we will achieve this are speed and simplicity.
Our next Government needs to be bold and drive its agenda through demanding timelines.
Politicians need to avoid being paranoid about occasional failures and be prepared to flex and develop their thinking as plans unfold and developments are initiated.
Not everything will run smoothly, businesses will fully understand that, but we need to see some real urgency. Our Government needs to demonstrate it can be agile, quick-thinking and hungry for delivering outcomes.
In terms of simplicity, Wales needs to be a nation where it is simple to do business in, with simple communication channels, simple and clear decision-making processes, simple and straightforward economic drivers and aims; designed to do things quickly and shared by all - from the First Minister and driven through every ministerial portfolio.
Simplicity also looks at the current layers and layers of over-governance - and addressing the reduction of the number of local authorities in Wales need to step away from the political consideration and move high up the economic development agenda - a time-line for finally sorting this out would be welcomed by many across Wales I'm sure.
In light of the ongoing Tata Steel situation, Welsh voters have industrial and financial security on their minds in the run-up to the election.
Plans for the development and protection of local businesses and jobs will be a major consideration for many, but with all the major parties pointing towards a significant investment in Wales' future development, it is my hope that, whichever way the vote turns out, businesses throughout Wales will find the conditions they need to keep Wales' economy thriving.
Clarity, agility and conviction is what we are hoping for. Simple.