Chamber chief urges Government support

Government support for businesses must be delivered quickly, the director general of British Chambers of Commerce told an audience in Liverpool

Liverpool Chamber
Shevaun Haviland, centre, at the Liverpool Chamber AGM


Support for businesses from Government must arrive swiftly to address the fall in business confidence.

That was the message delivered by Shevaun Haviland, director general of British Chambers of Commerce, to business leaders in Liverpool. He said the Government must quickly deliver “the three Cs” of clarity, certainty and confidence

Speaking at the AGM of Liverpool Chamber, held at the Athenaeum Club, Mr Haviland said most businesses are currently reluctant to invest for the future due to a lack of guidance from policymakers.

He explained: “We are calling upon the Government to urgently provide certainty on rules and regulations and clarity over what measures are to be taken to alleviate current pressures.

“Only then will businesses have the confidence to invest for the future. Those three Cs are pivotal to delivering on the Government’s ambitions for economic growth and stability.

“Many businesses are determined to face up to the challenges ahead and find solutions themselves, but they need support. Local economic prosperity, or levelling up, will only be achieved if the Government recognises that spirit of enterprise.

“That means meaningful action on the issues businesses truly care about, such as skills shortages, improved infrastructure, clear planning rules and the impact of energy costs.”

Earlier in the AGM, Alison Lobb, managing partner of Morecrofts Solicitors, was officially appointed as the new chair of Liverpool Chamber, alongside Chris Waine, director of Hive Projects, as vice chair.

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