13/05/12

Reacting to William Haugue's comments that businesses must work harder, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said

"Businesses up and down the country are busting a gut to find new growth opportunities, both at home and around the world. To borrow a phrase from a politician, businesses are already 'straining every sinew' to deliver growth. And many companies, both large and small, think that government could do more."

"The government needs to recognise that it is a major customer, a maker of markets, and the guardian of Britain's infrastructure and skills policies. Unless it acts boldly to discharge those responsibilities, rather than tinkering at the margins, UK business won't be able to deliver up to its full potential."

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. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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