18/03/13

Commenting on the Government response to Lord Heseltine's Review, No Stone Unturned, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"Chambers of Commerce welcome the government's commitment to localise some funding and decision-making around transport and skills in order to unleash the enterprise and growth latent in local communities across England. We commend Lord Heseltine for his dogged pursuit of a growth blueprint that promotes business and innovation and reduces dependency on Whitehall and Westminster.

"Over the coming months, Chambers will seek to ensure that local businesses have a strong voice in the new system, and that its overriding objective is to help areas generate wealth and prosperity. To that end the BCC is working closely with ministers, Lord Heseltine, and the accredited Chambers in Birmingham and Hull, where pilot schemes are in progress.

“Working with others, we will also continue to develop our aspiration to be a 'first-stop shop' for any local business seeking advice or support, as Chambers have a front door in every main town and city across the country.”

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