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Businesses urge bold action from Government

11 May 2015

In the wake of the election, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has sent an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for bold action as he begins a new term in office.

John Longworth, Director General of the BCC, wrote: ‘In return for your continued commitment to an environment that encourages enterprise and aspiration, businesses in all parts of the UK stand ready to delivery prosperity, jobs, and sustained economic growth.

‘Over the coming months, you must use your strengthened mandate to take bold action on six issues that will determine the UK’s economic future.’

The letter calls for a focus on: public spending, trade, talent, investment, Europe and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Katja Hall, said Mr Cameron should ‘prioritise building on the progress made to get the deficit down, finding more innovative ways to deliver public services and backing the final decision from the Airports Commission so we get diggers in the ground by 2020’.

Mr Longworth’s letter ends with a request that the Prime Minister should ‘make no apologies for seeking the highest growth and investment rates, and the lowest unemployment and taxation rates’.

With more business groups hoping to make the most of the new Conservative Government, there are likely to be many more open calls for strong reform and swift action to come.