Call for renewed partnership to help deliver key economy requirements in Suffolk

Jules Shorrock, chairman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney. Picture: FERINI ME

Jules Shorrock, chairman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney. Picture: FERINI MEDIA - Credit: Archant

So the results are in and the United Kingdom is entering a new and uncharted political journey.

We also know the names of the seven men and women who will represent Suffolk in the House of Commons and on behalf of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce I'd like to congratulate them on their success.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce believes that the actions and decisions taken by the political leadership at Westminster, whatever its final combination, will have an impact on the country's economic and social direction that could last for at least a generation.

The thing most businesses dislike as they plan their employment and investment decisions is volatility and we must now see mature leadership across the political spectrum that seeks to avoid unnecessary uncertainty and confusion.

That is why we are keen to deepen further our previous practical partnership with our local MPs and other decision-makers both regarding local issues and as effective voices at Westminster.

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We know that they already stand behind and for Suffolk businesses.

The simple truth is that government and business need each other in order to succeed.

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Through our national body, the British Chambers of Commerce, we are pressing, therefore, for a renewed partnership, that helps us together deliver some key requirements for the local and national economy.

Firstly, create the best possible business environment by reducing up-front burdens on business, commit to much-needed infrastructure projects here in Suffolk and deliver fast, reliable and affordable mobile and broadband connectivity.

Secondly, work towards a comprehensive Brexit deal plus long-term, early resolution of workforce issues and practical support in boosting our export abilities.

Thirdly, unlock the growth potential of every area of the UK, including East Anglia.

We are committed to working with the Government to finalise and deliver an Industrial Strategy that is focused on unlocking the potential in our towns, cities and counties.

Indeed, we recently hosted three workshops with Suffolk County Council to give local businesses a voice in responding to the Green Paper and responded on their behalf.

We are also pressing the Government for some clarity as to the future, if any, of devolution as clarity on this will deliver confidence and momentum to local business communities.

At the same time, they also need a strong say on devolution proposals and local economic development strategies.

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