David Myskow, chair of the mid-Warwickshire branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
The General Election is creeping up and with George Osborne’s last Budget of this Parliament, we are starting to see a final push for power.
As businesses and certainly as the Chamber, we are not party political. We want to run our companies, create jobs, pay our taxes and contribute to society and let the Government set the conditions for us to grow.
That was the message we wanted to get across at our recent hustings and I hope all the candidates saw that the vast majority of businesses in Warwickshire make an enormous contribution to the welfare of the area.
The Chamber is the voice of business and that is more prominent around the time of an election or the Budget, but it’s important for companies to know that if they have any concerns, they can pick up the phone to me or anyone else at the Chamber at any time.
The Chamber has excellent links with our local MPs (as well as at national Government level), with the local authorities and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, so it means we can raise issues businesses have with the relevant body or person and help to address them.
Locally, through the hustings events, we have delivered a strong message to our prospective MPs of what businesses need to sustain the economic growth – including enhancing skills, improving access to finance, funding better infrastructure and providing support for exporters. The British Chambers of Commerce has reflected that at a national level with its Business Manifesto.
When it comes to exporting, it’s excellent news that the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will continue to deliver the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) support to companies in this area.
The more businesses we can get exporting from this region and the more investment we can attract into it, will ultimately lead to a stronger economy and, indeed, more jobs.