Congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said:
“Restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.
“Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Our business communities need to see swift, decisive action to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU and to tackle the barriers holding back investment and growth here in the UK.”
Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber Chief Executive said: “Whilst totally echoing the sentiment of Adam, we must not lose sight of the commitment to rebalancing the UK economy and a recognition of the needs of our rural landscape.”
Businesses’ priorities for the new government include:
- Avoiding a no-deal exit from the EU and delivering a smooth transition giving firms time to prepare.
- Acting rapidly to reform business rates and replace them with a fairer system.
- Pressing ahead with improvements to transport infrastructure including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and additional capacity at Heathrow.
- Investing in our skills base and reforming the Apprenticeships Levy so that more small firms can access high-quality training locally, at affordable cost.
- Delivering a sensible immigration system that gives firms access to essential overseas talent at all levels.