Is the Government listening to business?

Fri, February 21st, 2020

Paul Cherpeau, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber, explains how members can...

The government it seems, are wasting no time in pushing forward its key manifesto promises. The latest announcement on proposals for a points-based immigration system, whilst not totally unexpected, has caused concern for some sectors of business community, particularly for those who are already struggling to address the double challenge of both skills and labour shortages despite their continuing investment in local talent.

It is more important than ever therefore to make sure that the government fully understands the cumulative impact that announcements like this have on local businesses, many of whom are already spinning plates as the result of continuing economic uncertainty, as evidenced by the latest ONS labour market figures published this week. The British Chambers of Commerce (BBC) is calling on the government to take steps in the Budget next month which will give businesses the confidence to invest in both people and new technology and improve productivity.

One of the most effective ways to do this is through the BBC Quarterly Economic Survey (QES). This is the UK’s largest independent business survey which is monitored closely by the UK Government, Bank of England, and financial institutions globally. The BCC brief these institutions on the QES results, and the data is used to feed into monetary and fiscal policy decision-making.

In order to make a credible case, the BCC needs the evidence to enable it to lobby on the issues that really matter to support your business to thrive and grow.

A couple of minutes of your time can make a big difference. You can access the survey here and the deadline is Monday 9 March.

You are also very welcome to join us at our next Economic Business Briefing on Friday 24 April where we will examine the results of the survey. Please email to register your interest.

If you want to find out more about the BCC’s policy and lobbying role, including previous economic reports, please visit or contact

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