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Black Country Chamber of Commerce Supports Manufacturing Renaissance

Commenting on the top ten wish list for government published by the EEF, Ninder Johal, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said:

"We totally endorse this list. It echoes what our manufacturing members are telling us and indeed the Business Plan for Britain published by the British Chambers of Commerce. Government needs to understand that despite the fact there are many organisations representing business, most are saying the same thing. We partner with the EEF, IoD and FSB regularly to advocate the rebalancing of the economy. Government must understand that not all large businesses are representative and smaller businesses provide jobs for a significant majority of UK employees.

"The British Chambers of Commerce has seven actions at the heart of its manifesto:

  1. Developing the talents of the next generation
  2. Supporting long term business investment
  3. Growing Britain's global trade potential
  4. Placing business at the heart of local growth
  5. Rebuilding Britain's business infrastructure
  6. Driving down business costs and taxes
  7. Delivering a new settlement for Britain in Europe

"In the Black Country we are looking at something radical to recognise that we are the Industrial Heart of the UK. We are plagued by transport and skills issues and our businesses are mired in red tape. We are the second highest growing LEP area so any additional investment will yield significant return."

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