BCC calls for a Year for Growth in 2011
In the face of public sector cuts, continued global uncertainty, and rising inflation, ensuring the health of
In his New Year message, David Frost, Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce, set out the BCC’s recommendations for ensuring 2011 is a year for businesses to hire staff, expand premises, access the finance they need, and export successfully.
“In 2011, the government must ensure all policy decisions are pro-business, tackling the obstacles that prevent small- and medium-sized companies from getting ahead. We need a year where costly regulatory barriers are removed, where companies are given real incentives to expand, and where businesspeople are encouraged to take risks – especially in new and growing markets.
“Helping businesses make 2011 a Year for Growth depends on local councils, Government departments, and European institutions working together with businesses to restore confidence to the small- and medium-sized companies that will drive
“Making 2011 a Year for Growth will deliver real results in every city and town across the
Additional comment from David Frost on the four key areas the BCC believes must be addressed to ensure 2011 is a Year for Growth for business:
Making Recruitment Easier
“We must make it easier for companies, whether start-ups, medium-sized family businesses or multinational firms, to take on staff throughout the
Increasing Business Investment
“For the past three years, business has been reticent to seek out new finance to help them grow but this confidence must be restored. Businesses seeking to invest in people, machinery, premises and new ideas must be supported by Government and financial institutions.”
Supporting British Exporters
Simpler, Faster Planning Decisions
“Simplifying planning and development control is a pre-requisite for growth. Ministers must privilege business expansion rather than stifle its prospects by allowing entrenched interests or the anti-growth lobby to block progress. We challenge the Government to adopt an approach to planning that delivers speed, certainty and clarity, to underpin recovery and future economic growth.”