Chamber Set for Westminster Manifesto Launch

Posted on November 21st, 2014

Business leaders from across the East Midlands will unveil their demands of the next Government in the Houses of Parliament next week.

The East Midlands Chamber will be taking a delegation of representatives from more than 50 member businesses to Westminster on 25 November to meet with local MPs and launch its 2015 General Election business manifesto.

The event, in the Churchill Dining Room, is sponsored by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, the Shadow Minister for Small Business. More than 20 of the region’s MPs have accepted the invite to attend.

The manifesto has been developed in collaboration with businesses from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. It proposes the policy measures which the Chamber believes will create an economy fit for long-term success and support a vibrant and prosperous East Midlands.

While its contents are being kept under wraps until the launch, it will make specific, deliverable asks of the next Government across five main areas, namely:

  • Placing business at the centre of local growth
  • Delivering on the region's long-term infrastructure needs
  • Fixing the link between education and the world of work
  • Reducing the cost of doing business
  • Supporting businesses to succeed overseas.

Chamber Chief Executive George Cowcher said: “Over the course of the current Parliament, businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire have demonstrated a robustness, tenacity and ambition that has placed the East Midlands at the front of the pack in terms of driving economic growth and private sector job creation.

“However, decisions taken over the term of the next Parliament will be instrumental in determining the future direction of this growth.

“The Chamber and its members are looking forward to going down to the Houses of Parliament to state this case to elected representatives and outline the opportunities the next Government has to place the East Midlands at the heart of a UK economy built for success.”