17/08/11

Commenting on the announcement of 11 new Enterprise Zones, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The BCC has campaigned for a new generation of Enterprise Zones for years, so we are pleased to see that eleven additional areas will benefit from the designation.

“This generation of Enterprise Zones has learned important lessons from the past, and has the potential to boost local private-sector growth. We believe that simplified planning rules, better broadband and carefully targeted tax breaks can help attract and generate new business investment that is sustainable over time.

“The naysayers say Enterprise Zones can’t or won’t deliver. But in the face of high unemployment and a slow recovery, we cannot dismiss their potential to deliver thousands of new jobs and new inward investment. Looking more broadly, however, the government has got to ramp up its strategy for growth across the country – by delivering on its promise to reduce red tape, boosting investment in infrastructure, and reforming the skills system so that it delivers for business.”

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Notes to editors:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people.

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