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[ 31-03-2010 ]

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have today (31 March 2010) launched their pre-General Election policy document, entitled ‘Down to Business 2010’.  The paper sets out the priorities of Scottish Chambers’ 9,500 business members as we enter a period in which Scotland will experience three elections at UK, Scottish and local levels, in a period of just three years.  It’s key themes are partnership and opportunity.

Launching the document, Mike Salter, Chairman of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“With the UK General Election just around the corner, the time is right for Scottish businesses to set out our priorities for government and for those who aspire to govern.  As we move towards economic recovery, our emphasis is on partnership and opportunity.  We all know that government budgets are diminishing and that taxes are likely to rise, which is why it is vital that we get the maximum productivity out of every pound of our tax that is spent by the public sector.  The business community is ready and willing to work with government to help achieve this and the reward would be a public sector focused on the consumer and geared towards delivering the right conditions for business to lead us to growth and prosperity.”

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Business is emerging from recession with a renewed vigour and a keen eye for the opportunities that will generate wealth for them, their employees and for Scotland.  Challenges are being overcome in the private sector and it is now the turn of the public sector to show that it can deliver more with less.  ‘Down to Business’ is the first of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce network’s contributions towards providing the context of a partnership between government and business.  We examine the big picture economic landscape, the climate for business, the need for connectivity and how our world leading businesses can take us on the path to success.

“Scottish Chambers of Commerce are ambitious for Scotland and we are prepared to work with all parties at all levels of government to help shape a new partnership for economic growth.”

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