Initial BCC response to Liberal Democrat manifesto

Initial BCC response to Liberal Democrat manifesto

Responding to proposals on business rates, training and devolution in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said: 

“The UK’s unfair business rates system – which hits firms hard before they turn over a single pound – is pushing many firms close to the edge, stalling investment and holding back growth.  Any moves to reduce the burden would be welcome and should be shaped by businesses to deliver a fundamental reduction in their costs.  All parties should commit to a fundamental review of business rates.

“Better childcare provision and more investment in skills training will also be welcomed by businesses – but must be designed to keep costs down for hard-pressed enterprises.

“Businesses would also welcome a greater say in decisions on planning and infrastructure in the areas where they operate, so that local policy meets the needs of employers and communities.”

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