Commenting on the publication of the Industrial Strategy Green paper, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“The developing Industrial Strategy represents a crucial first milestone in a renewed partnership between business and government, working together to create the conditions for future growth.
“Business communities across the UK will be pleased to see that harnessing the potential of our cities, towns and counties lies at the heart of the government’s approach to Industrial Strategy. There are dynamic business communities in every corner of the UK – and it is their future success that will make our country more competitive and more prosperous.
“Given the significant skills gaps that so many firms continue to face, the Industrial Strategy’s strong emphasis on boosting technical and further education will be cheered by companies and business communities alike, whatever their location or sector.
“We look forward to engaging with government to develop these proposals further, and ensure that the specific needs and interests of the UK’s diverse business communities are at its heart. A deliberate and steady approach that leads to long-term change is the right way to go.”
The government also announced that there would be a £556m boost for the “northern powerhouse” and that Blackpool would benefit from a new state of the art conference centre.
Babs Murphy, CEO of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said:
“This is significant announcement for Blackpool which is set to benefit in the years to come by re-establishing the town as a leading conference destination. This is a clear commitment from government to back business post brexit and to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of economic growth for years to come.
“The funds allocated to the norther powerhouse will address the future needs of industry and consider potential new markets which will certainly deliver economic impact, jobs and growth across the north.”