Suffolk Chamber media statement on the General Election result
John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive:
“With a clear Parliamentary majority, including a clean sweep in Suffolk, restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.
Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Suffolk’s business community needs to see swift, decisive action to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU and to tackle the barriers holding back investment and growth here in this country.
Our members’ priorities for the new Government, therefore, include:
Avoiding a messy, disorderly no-deal exit from the EU and delivering a smooth transition giving firms time to prepare
Acting rapidly to reform business rates and replace them with a fairer system that does not saddle businesses with upfront costs
Pressing ahead with improvements to the county’s transport infrastructure such as the A14, the A12 and the Haughley and Ely rail junctions
Investing in our skills base and reforming the Apprenticeships Levy so that more small firms can access high-quality training locally, at affordable cost.
Delivering a sensible immigration system that gives firms access to essential overseas talent at all levels.”