Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce calls for next government to cut the cost of doing business - The Rugby Observer

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce calls for next government to cut the cost of doing business

BRINGING down the cost of doing business, especially for small firms, should be a top priority for the next Government – so say the region’s business leaders.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has also called for a focus on skills and a greater provision of employment land in the run up to the General Election.

The Chamber says it plans to work with the region’s new MPs after the election to ensure companies have the best opportunities to invest, grow and take on new staff.

Steve Harcourt, director of Prime Accountants Group and president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said there were a range of measures which could ease the burden on doing business.




He said: “The next government won’t have a huge amount of headroom on tax, but if it can look to reduce the cost of doing business it will have a positive economic effect.

“The Chamber will continue to push for a Business Rate overhaul in order to create a fairer system that will help to drive more people back to our high street businesses.


“I would also support a rise in the VAT threshold because, again, this would have a positive impact on smaller, lower turnover businesses that would give them a better opportunity to grow.”

He said the next government should incentivise businesses which invest in green, sustainable methods of doing business.

He added: “Rising interest rates and accessing finance remain a barrier to business growth.”

The Chamber’s chief executive Corin Crane said he would also like to see greater support for international trade to reduce the cost of exporting.

He added: “The next government needs to commit to support businesses that are either starting out or that want to expand in order to ensure our economy is given the best possible chance to grow.”

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