Chambers of Commerce across Yorkshire have given their backing to a national campaign to make 2011 a ‘Year for Growth’.
Policy advisers from the seven Yorkshire & Humber Chambers of Commerce met to discuss how to coordinate their lobbying work to maximise economic growth in the region.
The Chambers gave their backing to the British Chambers of Commerce ‘Year for Growth’ campaign, which is calling on Government and local authorities to work together to restore confidence and ensure that all policy decisions are pro-business.
However, the Chambers expressed concern that the Government’s flagship Regional Growth Fund may be focusing too much on short term job creation rather than sustainable wealth creation.
Representatives from the Chambers had discussed the Fund with its Chairman, Lord Heseltine, at a summit in Rotherham last week.
The Chambers also pledged to continue to work together to lobby on major issues such as bringing high speed rail to Yorkshire, motorway improvements and broadband.
Speaking after the meeting on behalf of the Chambers, Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Regional Growth Fund must remain focused on its original purpose of strengthening the private sector recovery in places like Yorkshire & Humber.
"The limited resources should be used to support sustainable economic growth, not create temporary jobs that may be gone in a year.
“Bidding for the first round of the Fund closes this week. I hope when the successful bids are announced our area is well represented.”
Richard Kendall, Head of Policy & Communications at Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, added: “If 2011 is to be a ‘Year for Growth’ the Government should place the needs of business high on its agenda. Our four key priorities for the year are making recruitment easier, simplifying planning, increasing business investment and supporting British exporters.
Chambers of Commerce across Yorkshire & Humber are working together with the British Chambers of Commerce to lobby the Government on all of these areas on behalf of our members.”