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Black Country Chamber Responds to Autumn Statement

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce held an Autumn Statement event, in partnership with Crowe Clark Whitehill, at Dudley College today.

In response to the Autumn Statement, Johnathan Dudley, Managing Partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill and Chair of the Alliance 4 the Black Country, said: “This was a positive statement and 60% of the delegates attending felt much the same. The news on devolved powers was interesting but the majority of manufacturers are ambivalent about any benefits the Combined Authority might bring. The Chancellor has signalled that support for the aerospace and automotive sectors will be in the form of loans. After the considerable support that the Regional Growth Fund has given to the region, it will be interesting to see if we can maintain the high rates of business growth we have been experiencing into the future.”

Paul Cadman, Managing Director of Futura Group and winners of the Black Country Chamber Manufacturer of the Year Award 2015, said: “I would like to have seen a little more to help manufacturing such as more widespread support in reducing energy costs and more money available to help offset the costs of improving productivity. As a company that invests in apprenticeships we are interested to see how the levy works and how we can help more local young people get a foothold on the employment ladder.”

Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College and host for the event, said: “It was reassuring that the skills budgets seem to be broadly maintained following recent cuts. We just need to ensure that we can continue to support employers, many of whom are looking for solutions that do not fit into the apprenticeship model.”

Last modified on Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:13

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