BUSINESS: Businesses keen to see sparks fly after general election


Business firms in Dorset have issued a rallying cry for political parties to boost business confidence if they win the general election.

Dorset Chamber, the county’s voice of business, have called for a new and fresh focus on domestic policy and the economy including infrastructure, immigration and development skills.

The county chamber’s main aim is to help businesses succeed and support the growth of a vibrant and successful economy in Dorset.

It has contributed to a report launched today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC): ‘2020 and beyond: business priorities for the next UK government’ which sets out key priorities that would enable businesses of all sizes to reignite the country’s deteriorating economy.

Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber said: “It is time to resolve this issue and move forward with decisive action to improve the business environment for businesses.

“Many businesses in Dorset would agree that infrastructure, productivity, business costs, and investment are just some of the issues which need urgent attention.”

The county’s leading business support organisation has now stepped up its package of Brexit support for firms but also lobbies at the highest level through the BCC. With more than 700 members, it is the only chamber in the county accredited to the BCC.

Some key priorities in the BCC blueprint for the new Government are to: Avoid a disorderly Brexit, introduce a simple and flexible administration system, launch major review of business rates, raise investment in infrastructure, secure the future of EU trading relationships and simplify access to childcare funding

Mr Girling said: “If the new government gets it right, it would ignite the confidence of businesses so they can do what they do best, which is creating growth, jobs and prosperity for our communities.”


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