Heseltine Review: Business must have a strong local voice

Commenting on the Government response to Lord Heseltine's Review, No Stone Unturned, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"Chambers of Commerce welcome the government's commitment to localise some funding and decision-making around transport and skills in order to unleash the enterprise and growth latent in local communities across England. We commend Lord Heseltine for his dogged pursuit of a growth blueprint that promotes business and innovation and reduces dependency on Whitehall and Westminster.

Working with others, we will also continue to develop our aspiration to be a 'first-stop shop' for any local business seeking advice or support, as Chambers have a front door in every main town and city across the country.”

Caroline Williams Chief Executive Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said:
“It is essential that the business community identifies and articulates what its needs are to provide the growth needed to strengthen the local economy. We have regular meetings with our MPs and the two LEPs covering our area.  and have recently given specific feedback on the developing New Anglia LEP Plan for Growth.  Norfolk Chamber will continue to work with its partners and via its membership to give local help and support to its members and the wider business community through its lobbying activity, events and its community website.”

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