Commenting on the appointment of Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“We look forward to working with Sajid Javid over the coming years to ensure that business growth is at the heart of the government’s agenda. We are confident that he will make growth a watch-word for this parliament, since it delivers jobs, deficit reduction and prosperity.

“From the business perspective, the two biggest priorities in Sajid Javid’s in-tray should be kick-starting a revolution in exports, to get more companies trading around the world, and working with us to ensure that firms can get new recruits with the skills and motivation to get ahead in the world of work.

“Businesspeople will appreciate the fact that the new Secretary of State has worked in business both here in the UK and around the world – and will have a clear sense of their aspirations and the challenges they face as a result.

“We look forward to working with Sajid Javid to create a great environment for businesses – who in turn will deliver prosperity, jobs and sustained economic growth.”