Now, more than ever, it’s critical that Chambers of Commerce act as the linchpin for the business community at a local level to ensure their views, specifically our members, are heard and represented throughout the corridors of power in Westminster and Whitehall.

Community at a local level to ensure their views, specifically our members, are heard and represented throughout the corridors of power in Westminster and Whitehall.

Consequently, Northamptonshire Chamber in conjunction with its sister Chamber, Milton Keynes Chamber, are establishing a Business Forum which will act as the sounding board for members to voice concerns and air their opinions on a wide range of issues, from skills and infrastructure to business taxation and international trade.

This will then culminate with a launch of a Business Manifesto which will act as your Chamber’s flagship policy and lobbying document when engaging with Local Authorities and MPs, not to mention assisting our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce who tirelessly lobby central Government on behalf of local Chambers’ from across the UK.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General British Chambers of Commerce said:     

“This forum provides an excellent vehicle and opportunity to listen to issues that businesses continue to be hamstrung by, from infrastructure and skills to access to finance and the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU.  Here at the BCC, we are very keen to hear the views of member businesses at a local level. This enables us to effectively represent the interests of local Chamber members when lobbying Government”

The Business Forum has identified six topic which The Chamber Group will focus on during 2017 and beyond.  Further details about each one of these topics are contained within the series of briefing papers featured below.

  1. Apprenticeship Levy
  2. Making Tax Digital
  3. Business Rates
  4. The Government’s Industrial Strategy
  5. National Infrastructure Commission (Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Corridor)
  6. Brexit