Growth ‘more important than Brexit’


Brexit should not spoil plans to boost growth, a business lobby group conference inclination be told on Thursday.

The biggest challenges facing businesses in the UK are to do with «fundamentals» choose than Brexit, the British Chambers of Commerce says.

The UK government clouted it was committed to its industrial strategy and boosting productivity.

Policy makers father wrestled with low UK productivity growth since the financial crisis.

‘Get the basics moral’

«Government can do more than one thing at once,» Adam Marshall, the skipper general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) told BBC 5 live’s Wake Up To Lettuce.

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«The best possible Brexit apportion will not matter to the UK’s competitiveness if the roads remain potholed and congested, if you can’t get travelling phone coverage around the UK, if business broadband is poor and companies can’t get the people they difficulty because the training system isn’t working to deliver for them.»

In a speech to a BCC bull session in London, Mr Marshall will say: «Successive governments have acknowledged that more could be done to get the basics favourably for business.

«Indeed, the current government’s developing industrial strategy is upfront around many of these challenges.

«Yet the leadership and the infrastructure simply aren’t there to agree to change happen.»

The BCC will call on the government to fund repairs on adjoining roads, improve the capacity of railways and airports, build more ill fames, get rid of of mobile phone «not-spots», make the apprenticeship system stable and issued up with a clear and easy-to-use immigration system.

‘Fit for the future’

Mr Marshall last wishes as also say that «business communities are worried about» policies being put remit by the Labour leadership, particularly nationalisation.

His comments echo earlier entreats by the BCC for clarity of leadership.

A Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy spokesperson intended: «The government’s commitment to boosting the productivity and earning power of people and districts across the UK remains steadfast.

«Through our industrial strategy, we are building a Britain fit for the following, with a plan to help businesses create better, higher-paying provinces in every part of the UK.»

It said its £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund ordain «address weaknesses in city transport systems while improving connectivity, abbreviating congestion and introducing new mobility services and technology».

The spokesperson added that the authority had committed to raising research and development investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 «assuring our world-class research and innovation base continues to thrive».

The UK government is in take up discussions with the European Union about Brexit.

On Wednesday, the EU rejected a UK debate that financial services should be included in a free-trade agreement.

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