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Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is calling for the relationship between businesses and politicians to be reset in a policy document issued ahead of the Holyrood election.
In a paper entitled Rally for Growth – a business-led action plan issued ahead of the Scottish parliament elections next month – the chamber details why Scottish Parliamentarians need to understand and support the value and importance of business in their policy programmes.
Frazer Coupland, Chief Executive, said: ‘Our wide-ranging Rally for Growth Action Plan is the ‘manifesto’ of the business community to forge a new, closer, more effective alliance between Scottish businesses and the next Scottish Parliament.
‘We hope our plan will provide a comprehensive yet practical set of ideas that will be fundamental to ensuring that our economy bounces back and is ready to grasp new trading opportunities here and abroad.
‘The pace of Government action must be accelerated considerably. The Scottish people need commerce and government to align if we are to tackle the big challenges ahead.
‘In this most critical moment, it is vital that Scottish Ministers and business leaders are talking the same language and recognising the need to balance long-term strategies for growth alongside concrete action in the here and now, to ensure we retain as many businesses as possible whilst creating new jobs.’
Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is also giving its members the chance to ask their questions of the prospective new government representatives at a members Scottish Election Hustings on the evening of April 27.
You can read the Chamber’s Rally for Growth action plan and find details of the hustings event at www.lochaberchamber.co.uk