Business breakfast with Lilian Greenwood

Posted on February 10th, 2017

Business breakfast with Lilian Greenwood MP
Transport infrastructure was one of the concerns raised by Chamber members over a business breakfast with Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour member for Nottingham South.

The main concern, however, was not with the north-south links through the region but more so the east-west links to major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, with rail links of greater concern than roads.

Members were also concerned that since the latest reshuffle, the East Midlands has lost all its Cabinet-level representation in Westminster.

Although cautiously optimistic about trading conditions, the main issues highlighted at the breakfast were the unpredictable volatility of exchange-rate fluctuations, controlling costs, EU workers’ rights post Brexit and their contribution to the local economy, clarification of what might replace EU funding, uncertainty around the Apprenticeship Levy following amendments to the funding criteria and the skills ‘disconnect’ the needs of modern employers and the requirements for academic attainment.

The ‘broken’ business rates system was flagged up as an ongoing concern, together with the disappearance of previously ring-fenced money to support the accommodation needs of vulnerable people.

The meeting, attended by 20 Chamber members, was hosted by Eversheds at its new offices on Water Court, Canal St, Nottingham, with 20 members in attendance.