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BCC says Queen’s Speech offers opportunity to make change for the better

Responding to the details of the Government’s legislative plan set out in today’s Queen’s Speech, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of the BCC, said: 

 

“Businesses will welcome the clear direction in today’s Queen’s Speech as the Government looks to boost the economy and place all parts of the UK on an equal footing. 

 

“As companies begin the slow process of rebuilding following the pandemic it is vital that they are given the support they need to kick start their recovery. 

 

“A strong focus on improving digital and technical skills that match the needs of local business will be a key driver in making that happen. 

 

“Improving rail and bus services, maximising the national coverage of 5G mobile services and superfast broadband, while simplifying the planning system are important enablers to ensuring companies can rebuild and grow. 

 

“These are all challenges that have existed for a long time, and we are now at a critical juncture where they must be addressed. This opportunity cannot be wasted, and the Chamber network will have a laser focus to ensure the Government delivers on its promises. 

 

“It is disappointing that new employment legislation that could address the flexibility of working practices did not feature. The pandemic has changed the way we work forever, and employers need clear guidance on how to provide long-term flexible working arrangements that will make jobs more accessible for everyone.” 

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