Somerset Chamber of Commerce has launched its Business Manifesto for 2017-2020, which outlines the priorities for the county’s economy and the Chamber’s key focuses over the next three years.
This will be instrumental in steering the Chamber’s lobbying activity on behalf of businesses in the run-up to the General Election on 8 June.
The manifesto sets out the challenges and opportunities facing businesses, as well as detailing the Chamber’s pledges to help support the local economy, develop existing and future workforce and boost productivity.
It covers key topics relevant to the local business community including skills, infrastructure, international trade and Hinkley Point C.
Chief Executive Dale Edwards commented, “Our vision at Somerset Chamber of Commerce is to be ‘a catalyst to grow and support a vibrant Somerset economy’. To help realise this vision, we have created this manifesto in order to articulate the challenges and opportunities the Somerset business community faces, along with the associated priorities that the Chamber will act upon.”
“Clearly, following the recent announcement of a General Election, and along with our affiliated town chambers, our immediate focus will be on engaging with election candidates and then working with the county’s newly elected or re-elected MPs to ensure that they take on board the priorities for the local economy and the key focuses outlined for the next three years.
“This will enable us to work together to grow a vibrant Somerset economy, ensuring that the county really can ‘punch above its weight’.”