Reacting to the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“We would like to congratulate Rishi Sunak on his appointment as Prime Minister.

The political and economic uncertainty of the past few months has been hugely damaging to British business confidence and must now come to an end.

The new Prime Minister must be a steady hand on the tiller to see the economy through the challenging conditions ahead.

This means setting out fully costed plans to deal with the big issues facing businesses; soaring energy bills, labour shortages, spiralling inflation, and climbing interest rates.

“We cannot afford to see any more flip-flopping on policies – the UK’s businesses need sustainable, long-term economic plan they can believe in.

“The BCC is writing to the Prime Minister to set out the action needed to tackle the main challenges facing business. It is vital we see progress made in these areas to keep doors open and promote investment.

“Firstly, the Government must provide more certainty on the energy support package for businesses and quickly communicate how the system will work from April. Firms need to know what support to expect in the medium and long term.

“Secondly, they must fix the extremely tight labour market. Without the skilled people to do the jobs businesses need, the economy will stagnate.

“Thirdly, to grow the economy, Government must set out a strategy to boost our international trade and exports.

“People run businesses and businesses rely on people. The new administration must grasp that the cost of living and cost of doing business crises are two sides of the same coin.  

“We need a clear long-term vision of how the new Prime Minister will deal with the challenges ahead and create the business conditions that allow firms, and the communities that rely on them, to thrive.”

Miranda Barker OBE, CEO of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, added:

“I completely concur on the need for continued support to help businesses with the truly shocking increase in energy prices – it’s crucial in securing jobs for the future.

“However, we also now need to see a re-engaging with levelling up activity & with the UK shared prosperity investment  –  driving the growth of our local economies for the good of the whole UK.”

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Published On: October 24th, 2022
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