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BCC comments on Shadow BEIS Secretary’s speech

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Responding to the Shadow Business and Energy Secretary’s speech at the Labour Party Conference, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“It’s right for the UK to aspire to be a global leader when it comes to responding to the dangers of climate change. For many businesses, reaching our environmental goals could bring growth across a range of sectors, technologies and markets.

“The UK is well placed to build on its already excellent record for developing electric vehicles, but that requires a refocus on priorities in the domestic agenda. To turbo charge this work, we need a workforce fit for the future, which requires policies to increase investment in training and reskilling. This should go hand in hand with more detailed plans from the Labour Party on how it would work with industry to create conditions for growth and investment across all UK business communities.

“While many of the Labour Party’s ambitions are laudable, the party should focus less on unprecedented levels of state intervention, and instead on working in step with industry and wider civil society to achieve shared aims without damaging prosperity.”

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Notes to editors:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 53 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. Our Global Business Network connects exporters with over 50 markets around the world. For more information, visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

BCC will be launching a People Campaign in September 2019 to support businesses to celebrate, support and develop the future workforce of this country.