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Chamber holds business Hustings event in Mansfield

Mansfield hustingsA lively discussion took place today at the third of the Chamber’s business hustings events.

Hosted by the Mansfield Manor Hotel, cross-section of the business community quizzed political representatives from the four main parties on a range of issues affecting the area and their firms in the run-up to the General Election.

The event allowed business leaders to compare and contrast their differing political perspectives, and to measure how closely aligned their priorities are with the Chamber’s own Business Manifesto.

The panellists were Mark Spencer (Conservative), David Prescott (Labour), Leon Duveen (LibDem), and Kat Boettge (Green Party), who explained their respective positions on wide range of topical issues and responded to questions on collaboration with regional stakeholders, the significance of the living wage, affordable housing, and apprenticeships to provide young people with the real-life skills they need in the modern workplace.

Other issues tackled were migrant labour, access to finance, taxation policy, assistance for new business start-ups, and overhauling the broken business rates system to empower local authorities to better support local firms.

The Mansfield event was the third in a series of five hustings events the Chamber has organised across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

The next Hustings event covers issues affecting the northern districts of Derbyshire and takes place at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium tomorrow, Wed 28 April, from 8am, followed by a session in Leicester onThursday, 30 April, from 6pm.

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