Future of the economy

The British Chambers of Commerce manifesto sets out a clear plan for sustainable growth for the next government. We want to build an economy that has the green transition at its core, with a workforce fit for the future, living in thriving local places and powered by businesses that are globally facing and digitally enabled.

Working with the national Chamber network, five reports have been produced with clear recommendations for whichever political party forms the next government. These reports have allowed the British Chambers to build incredible insight and strong, clear recommendations so that we are ready to help the new government get back to long-term sustainable economic growth.

Green innovation: Industrial strategy with green innovation at its heart
Action: For green jobs and business investment opportunities
Recommendations: Introduce a Green Industrial Strategy to drive investment and support the workforce; advance the UK’s Framework for Change; reform infrastructure and implement the UK Green Taxonomy

People and work: Plan better for skills
To boost investment in skills, bringing businesses and training providers together to tackle skills shortages and support sustainable career opportunities for all
Recommendations: Plan better for skills; prepare adults and young people for the changing world of work; help people to access jobs and stay in work

Local economy for the future: Business rates reform
Action: To develop a long-term business rates strategy to encourage economic growth and investment in communities across the UK
Recommendations: Reform Business Rates to boost growth; ensure SMEs can access business support; modernise access to finance

Global Britain: Improve EU relations to cut costs for business
Action: For the new government to negotiate improved UK trading terms with our largest partner the European Union
Recommendations: Implement trade deals which improve export potential for business; grow foreign direct investment in the UK; continue reforms to increase UK investment

Digital revolution: Government to appoint an AI champion for SMEs
Action: For an AI Champion to spearhead uptake of the latest technology amongst SMEs to boost productivity and competitiveness
Recommendations: Appoint an AI Champion for SMEs; boost digital connectivity; improve cyber security

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