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Black Country Chamber Take Action on Brexit

IMG 1177Black Country Chamber of Commerce held an important Trade Policy Forum on Tuesday (1st November) at Sheldon Clayton Group. The discussion between the 12 Chamber members covered many topic areas with a main focus around Brexit.

From the Forum it was agreed that clear routes of communication between government and businesses was absolutely essential during the negotiation period. The local businesses raised concerns about it being difficult to identify what Government Policy actually was, as there are so many different views from Ministers in the press.

Following on from this, it was also agreed that we should use the two years of Brexit negotiations to prepare Black Country businesses for the potential freedoms and flexibilities for trade in future years, but that this would take immediate investment around 3 main areas. These main areas are infrastructure, supply chain and productivity.  

With regards to infrastructure, it was highlighted that it needs to be made easier to shift our goods to our supply chains and for staff to get to work. In particular, an early commitment to the ongoing expansions at Birmingham Airport and some decisive actions on the M6 toll road are key.

In relation to the supply chain, with a fluctuating pound and uncertainty over trade deals, it is now more important than ever to ‘Make it British’ and support our local businesses. It is also important that we support projects like the Black Country Bullet to highlight how dynamic our businesses are in the region.

Productivity is significant as many of our local businesses need to continue to become more productive and we need major investment in upskilling staff and supporting skilled people into work. We also need investment in R&D and capital purchases to support businesses on diversifying and to encourage a focus on more automation where possible.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The meeting was very positive and the consensus was that we should now focus on making the most of newer trade freedoms that may be on offer in future years.

“Our Chamber members are clear that we need first class channels of communication with government and we will continue to campaign on the early investment we need to help make the local economy ready for the new world of trade. This group will oversee our local approach to Brexit, we’ll continue to work with Chambers across the Midlands to drive this agenda forward and we will be formally writing to David Davies and the Prime Minister with our view on how we can make this as beneficial to businesses as possible.”

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is the voice of Black Country businesses, the Trade Policy Forum is an important part of that work. For more information on the work the Chamber is doing, please visit or call 0330 024 0820.

Last modified on Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:00

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