Next Government must not forget the day job

Fri, May 5th, 2017

Brexit is important but election should be about more

Brexit is important - but the next Government must not forget the day job

Since the EU Referendum almost a year ago, Brexit has been dominating the business agenda.

And while the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are of huge importance, chambers of commerce across the country are this week urging whoever forms the next Government not to neglect the day job.

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce is fully behind the view put forward by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) that the General Election must not be about Brexit alone.

Yes, it is vital that the Government works hard to secure a favourable trade deal with the EU and with other countries and regions across the globe but to take full advantage of those agreements the next Government needs to provide clarity and stability for businesses here at home.

BCC 'manifesto'

The BCC’s ‘election manifesto’ says businesses need “clear answers to the pragmatic and practical questions around how Brexit will affect their day-to-day operations, including hiring, customs procedures and regulation”.

And it emphasises the importance of tackling issues beyond Brexit, including improving the competitiveness of the UK’s business environment, upgrading physical and digital infrastructure across the country, and supporting local growth.

This is of particular importance in the Liverpool city region where a lack of infrastructure investment compared to London and the South East is hampering our ability to close the productivity gap.

Future growth

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, said: “While businesses all across the UK want a good Brexit deal, they are very clear that decisions taken here at home matter as much – if not more – to our future growth prospects.

“The best possible Brexit deal won’t be worth the paper it’s written on if firms cannot recruit and train the right people, get decent digital connectivity, or get their goods to their market.

“At this election, business communities want a clear commitment from all parties to create the best possible conditions for growth, in every region and nation of the UK.”

Back our dynamism

Liverpool & Sefton Chamber chief executive, Jenny Stewart agreed, adding: “In the Liverpool city region we have some of the most dynamic and eager entrepreneurs in the UK.

“They want to prosper both at home and abroad and our Government has a responsibility to help and support them.

“After the u-turn over the National Insurance rise for the self-employed, I called for a debate on how we value entrepreneurship in this country.

“This election is an opportunity for all politicians to demonstrate that they do.”

If you are looking to trade overseas for the first time or expand your current international reach then Liverpool & Sefton Chamber’s international trade team is ready and willing to help. Call today on 0151 227 1234.

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