Suffolk Chamber of Commerce urges county's general election candidates to help end Brexit stalemate affecting local businesses
Business chiefs in Suffolk have called on the county’s parliamentary candidates to end the Brexit stalemate and “do their bit” for local firms.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is contacting all of the candidates for this year’s general election across the county’s seven constituencies, quizzing them on what they will do to address the issues local firms are facing.
Among those are the uncertainty around Brexit – Britain’s departure from the European Union – infrastructure limitations and workforce challenges, such as seasonal labour and skills training.
John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber’s chief executive, said: “The message from business communities all over Suffolk and the wider UK couldn’t be clearer: the next government must deliver an end to the Brexit stalemate and take decisive steps to improve the business environment here at home.
“To say business leaders are frustrated would be putting it mildly. They are doing their bit for Suffolk – and they think it is high time the government and opposition did their bit, too, to break this endless stalemate.
“We cannot afford to allow our infrastructure to fray, for the gaping holes in our training and skills system to go unfilled, or for governments to pile on new costs that stop firms from investing in growth.
“Businesspeople across Suffolk pay their taxes diligently and care deeply about their communities and the environment. Westminster should not be distracted from delivering the conditions needed for growth, jobs and prosperity.
“Our proposals would help an incoming administration reignite business confidence and investment – and would pay lasting dividends for our communities and the UK economy.”
The chamber has contributed to the British Chambers of Commerce general election manifesto published this week, called ‘2020 and beyond’.
The manifesto calls on the Government to avoid a disorderly exit from the EU, ensure new immigration systems avoid administrative issues for companies, increase apprenticeship funding and ensure continuity of trading conditions among other measures.
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