Local Economy of the Future


Unlocking Economic Growth 

  • Planning – We are campaigning for a faster, simpler, and less complex planning system for business. The planning system is fundamental to firms as they seek to invest, grow, and meet their net-zero goals.
  • Energy – We advocate government action to further unlock business investment in green innovation. The national grid should be upgraded to help firms support the move to net zero.
  • Business rates – We are advocates for fundamental reform of the Business Rates system. It should be adjusted to include annual revaluations and amended to create a system that advocates growth.


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The BCC has marginally upgraded its 2023 and 2024 GDP forecast but lowered the outlook for 2025.
Today’s decision will be a huge relief to car and battery makers and consumers across Europe.
Almost half (49%) of businesses say current customs checks and declarations are a barrier to exporting. This rises to 62% for manufacturers.