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Policy and Representation

The Chamber has various ways of garnering members views and concerns - Quarterly Economic Survey, Strategy & Influence Groups, Sector Forums and Bank of England Forum being a few examples.

The Chamber's 2017 Manifesto is a result of these activities which continuously engages Chamber members with strategic organisations to influence key local, regional and national policymakers and forms the basis of the Chamber's lobbying and campaigning activities.

The Chamber's revised manifesto cites five key criteria for the success of a new Government - Brexit and securing trade deals with the EU, Commonwealth and other countries and trading blocs will be just one of them.

The new Government, whatever its persuasion, must not allow momentum to be lost on domestic issues during negotiations to establish Britain’s independent global status.

The five key criteria are listed in the Chamber's manifesto are:

  • to deliver a globally-competitive business environment by closing the skills gap without encumbering businesses with ever-higher upfront costs

  • to create local growth by unlocking the potential of business communities through devolution and maintaining the place-based focus of the Industrial Strategy

  • to guarantee investment in digital and physical infrastructure such as major road and rail projects and utilising capacity at regional airports

  • to support export initiatives and increase investment in trade missions to encourage more firms to export or expand overseas markets, and

  • to work with businesses to secure the best possible Brexit deal and access to workers with the skills needed to ensure UK success.
  • The full Maifesto - Brexit and Beyond, can be viewed here: 2017 Manifesto - Brexit and Beyond

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