Chambers voice in Downing Street

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce was represented at a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer this week.

George Osborne hosted a meeting at 11 Downing Street with a dozen fast-growing firms from across Britain. The discussion focused on practical ways to boost exports, business investment, and growth.

Led by British Chambers of Commerce Director General John Longworth and BCC President Nora Senior, the delegation presented the Chancellor and his advisers with a grass-roots view of the opportunities and challenges facing British companies, just as Westminster begins to gear up for the 2015 General Election.

The discussion also highlighted the key role played by Chambers of Commerce – as Britain’s premier private-sector source of advice and support for businesses seeking to trade the world. All participants agreed that the UK’s ambitious export targets required strong and vibrant business-to-business networks working hand in hand with government itself.

West & North Yorkshire Chamber fellow member Trio Healthcare took part in the meeting.

John Longworth, Director General of the BCC, said:

“Britain’s future success depends on a closer partnership between business and government. In turn, that partnership depends on Westminster and Whitehall listening to the aspirations and concerns of Britain’s entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as the FTSE 100.

“Our frank discussion of real-world business issues with the Chancellor is the sort of exchange that should be at the heart of government engagement with business. Only by harnessing the potential of businesses across the whole economy will we see investment rise and exports grow in an increasingly cut-throat global context.

Written on 3rd July 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News