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Suffolk Chamber media statement on the General Election result

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.”

Article by Suffolk Chamber