13 Dec 2019

Published in: British Chambers of Commerce News



Congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory, as reported at 7.00am, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.

“Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Our business communities need to see swift, decisive action to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU and to tackle the barriers holding back investment and growth here in the UK.”

Businesses’ priorities for the new government include:

· Avoiding a no-deal exit from the EU and delivering a smooth transition giving firms time to prepare.

· Acting rapidly to reform business rates and replace them with a fairer system.

· Pressing ahead with improvements to transport infrastructure including HS2,Nothern Powerhouse Rail and additional capacity at Heathrow.

· Investing in our skills base and reforming the Apprenticeships Levy so that more small firms can access high-quality training locally, at affordable cost.

· Delivering a sensible immigration system that gives firms access to essential overseas talent at all levels.

Ends Notes to editors: The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 53 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors.

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The BCC is calling for the next UK government to put restoring business confidence at the heart of its policy programme through investment in skills and infrastructure, a strong trading relationship with the EU and other markets and a reduction in the costs of doing business. 2020 and beyond: business priorities for the next UK government, compiled with input from our network of 53 Chambers across the UK, is at

Media contacts: Oliver Fry – Interim Media Manager 020 7654 5813 / 07793 534 399 Briony Richter –

Media Officer 07772 910507

Available for interview: Dr Adam Marshall, Director General; Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director

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