On 17 April, the Chamber set out its demands for what a Government industrial strategy should deliver for the North East.
Top of the list is the need for the strategy to recognise the importance of place. The response stated the industrial strategy’s economic decision-making cannot be divorced from the unique conditions which exist in individual parts of the country.
Jonathan Walker, head of policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “Infrastructure investment must be at the heart of an industrial strategy and decisions made in a way that supports further development in regions such as the North East, rather than encouraging further growth in overheated or congested markets.
“Our members are sick of uncertainty with the range of issues they have to tackle at present. This strategy must represent a long-term approach to economic decision making adopted right across Government. Constant reform and upheaval undermines business confidence and takes away the ability for businesses to plan effectively for the future.”
Skills were also highlighted in the response with the urgent call for the Government to commit to stability in the skills system to tackle shortages in areas of potential growth such as the North East’s digital economy. The Chamber response also urged the Government to address the poor quality of careers advice.
New overseas markets are vital for future growth and the Chamber stressed the importance of helping businesses maximise export opportunities and raising awareness of its benefits.Click to read the full response.