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Chamber holds business Hustings in Chesterfield

hustings at ChesterfieldThe fourth of the Chamber's five business hustings events took place at Chesterfield FC's Proact stadium this morning.

There was lively debate as a cross-section of the business community quizzed five prospective parliamentary candidates over what their parties would do, if elected, for business.

They also discussed a range of issues affecting firms located in the northern districts of Derbyshire.

The panellists were Toby Perkins (Labour), Lee Rowley (Conservative), Julia Cambridge (LibDem), Ian Wood (Green Party) and Stuart Yeowart (UKIP).

The event allowed business leaders to compare and contrast the differing political perspectives of the candiadates and their parties and to measure how closely aligned their priorities might be with the Chamber’s own Business Manifesto, which was compiled using data from the business community.

hustings at ChesterfieldThe representatives explained their respective positions on a wide range of topical issues and responded to incoming questions on reforms to the broken business rates system, penalising those responsible for late-payments, creating incentives for SMEs to employ young people through apprenticeships, the necessity of reducing the burden of red tape, and producing a long-term energy strategy in terms of planning, sustainability and affordability.

The next hustings event covers issues affecting firms in and around Leicester and takes place tomorrow (Thursday 30 April from 6pm).