Posted by

Kamala Mackinnon, Campaigns Adviser

11 Jul 2012

The parliamentary launch of our  Business is Good for Britain (BGB ) campaign was hosted by Andrew Jones MP and was attended by, amongst others, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Business Minister Mark Prisk, and a range of other MPs and peers - despite the fact that it clashed with an important debate and vote on the recent banking scandals. Speakers such as Michael Glenn, Managing Director of CH2M Hill, John Longworth, Director General of the BCC and Andrew Jones MP all highlighted the invaluable role that businesses play in the lives of individuals, local communities and economic recovery.

We now have the support of over 30 MPs for an Early Day Motion in support of the Business is Good for Britain campaign, and that backing is growing every day, thanks to cross-party leadership by MPs and efforts nationwide to get the backing of local politicians.

As discussed both in parliament and at our reception, critical decisions are needed over the coming months to create the sort of enterprise-friendly environment we need to enable business growth for years to come. Businesses are doing everything they can to grow in an uncertain environment, and will carry on doing so. The BCC will continue to put forward bold and imaginative proposals on business finance, infrastructure, and ways to boost international trade. And as Sir John Peace, chairman of Standard Chartered, Burberry and Experian noted in his address to over 150 reception attendees, including Lord Sassoon and Chi Onwurah, Shadow Business Minister, there needs to be a stronger focus on youth employment and the development of tomorrow's workforce.

The Business is Good for Britain campaign’s website can be found at www.businessisgoodforbritain.co.uk. The site contains a number of inspiring 50 word submissions on why Business is Good for Britain, but we need more. Please send yours to bgb@britishchambers.org.uk. For more information on any of the above events or on the BGB campaign, please contact Kamala Mackinnon.