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North East England Chamber of Commerce statement on Prime Minister's speech today

 

Jonathan Walker, assistant director of policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “We have consistently told Government that recovery in the North East must be built on principles of community, fairness, sustainability and opportunity; themes that were all covered in the Prime Minister's speech.

"Boris Johnson said all the right things when it comes to addressing the gaps between the different parts of the country and to 'levelling up' regions like the North East.  However, with the welcome exception of dualling the A1, for which we have campaigned long and hard, there was very little detail. 

"If the Government wants to boost business confidence they need to move on quickly from big picture rhetoric. There has to be precise information as to how, and most importantly when, these policies and measures will be delivered. Otherwise businesses would be entitled to feel as if they have heard this all before.”