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Strategy and Influence Group

Members' Councils Open to all Chamber members, meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis, in each of the three counties, to direct the Chamber's lobbying and campaigning activities and to allow businesses to interface with strategic organisations on key topical issues both locally and regionally.

Its purpose is to influence key local, regional, and national policymakers. At a time when economic growth is the focus of political attention, the Chamber is keen that its members engage on the aspects that are causing them most concern.

The findings of the Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey act as a barometer for changing business conditions, and help to ascertain the issues that require proactive campaigning. The Chamber also uses its ongoing programme of MP Business Briefings across the constituencies of both counties as opportunities to influence on key issues.

Current issues range from late payments, business rates, public sector procurement, internet broadband connectivity, skills deficiencies, a high-speed rail connection for the East Midlands, and minimising the burdensome effect on red tape on business as the economic recovery gets underway.

There are also a number of consultations underway that require member-feedback so that East Midlands Chamber and the British Chambers of Commerce can lobby accordingly.

The Chamber is ramping up its political engagement; and has published a Manifesto of business priorities.

Available online are dates for the next meetings.

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