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Paul Faulkner Paul Faulkner, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

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UK ‘cannot sustain itself without businesses’

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce calls for future government leaders to build ‘real links’ with their business communities

Published on 21 November 2019



Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) is calling for future government leaders to build “real links” with their business communities after being ignored during Brexit uncertainty.

The demand is part of a General Election Manifesto launched today by GBCC, one of the UK’s oldest and largest chambers, with over 3,000 member companies which employ over 200,000 people.

Business Priorities: General Election 2019 has been developed by the GBCC in consultation with its policy and campaigning steering committee, the Chamber Council. It also backs the British Chambers of Commerce national campaigns on Brexit, people development, infrastructure, international trade, business costs and investment.

Speaking anonymously, a chamber member warned that after 37 years of successful trading the future of their business was in serious jeopardy.

They said “Having been a vulnerable bystander during the past three years while Parliament tries to find a solution to Brexit, I find myself trying to search for a way for our MPs to understand how all the uncertainty, procrastination and political in-fighting has affected our small family business. We have over 40 people employed directly with us, some with over 30 years of service. That is over 40 families reliant on my husband and I for their livelihood. That is now seriously in jeopardy.”

They caution that over the next few weeks of political rallying, candidates think about the type of language they use. “We have enough divisions in our country. My hope is that whoever wins the election thinks about our little company and our 40 employees.”

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “Our manifesto calls for interventions on a number of key areas for businesses. But most importantly, it urges our future leaders to end Brexit uncertainty and reconnect with the business community.

“We hear from too many businesses who feel their needs and those of people they employ and communities that they sustain have been ignored for too long during this unprecedented period.

“Above all, we urge politicians of all parties to build real links and relationships with your local business community, both through the Chamber and the employers in your constituency.

“This country cannot grow, prosper or even simply sustain itself without businesses.”

To read the full Business Priorities: General Election 2019 manifesto, go to greaterbirminghamchambers.com/research-campaigning/the-2019-general-election/

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