Commenting on Prime Minister David Cameron's speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“It is encouraging to hear the Prime Minister put enterprise, wealth generation and aspiration at the forefront of his speech. This will strike a chord with businesses of all sizes, as only business growth can propel Britain's economy from being just good to being truly great.

“We support his mission to ensure that everyone under the age of 25 is either ‘earning or learning’, as we cannot allow Britain’s next generation to be left behind. It was also good to hear the Prime Minister talking about long-term planning as politicians can often be too short-termist. This must be applied to infrastructure projects in particular, as these are an economic stimulus in their own right and will create jobs and drive growth for decades to come.

“If the eighteen months until the next General Election are spent on ensuring fiscal discipline, improving infrastructure, helping businesses access capital, training up our young people and supporting our exporters, the Prime Minister's vision is achievable. But if our political class descends into cheap electioneering and giveaway politics, it will have wasted a once-in-a-generation attempt to build a strong new foundation for economic growth.

“David Cameron has set out a clear vision, but the harder task of making it happen still lies ahead. The government cannot afford to become complacent, and must focus on creating an environment that supports enterprise, and puts economic growth at its heart.” 


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