A North East businessman formed part of a delegation of a dozen dynamic Chamber of Commerce firms from across Britain at a private breakfast meeting with the Chancellor at 11 Downing Street.
North East Chamber of Commerce member Alan Richardson, contracts and export manager for Hart Door Systems, attended the high-level discussion, which was focused on practical ways to boost exports, business investment, and growth.
Led by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Director General John Longworth and BCC President Nora Senior, the diverse Chamber delegation presented George Osborne and his advisers with a grass-roots view of the opportunities and challenges facing British companies.
The discussion also highlighted the key role played by Chambers of Commerce – as Britain’s premier private-sector source of advice and support for businesses seeking to trade the world.
All participants at the event, held yesterday, agreed that the UK’s ambitious export targets required strong and vibrant business-to-business networks working hand in hand with government itself.
Richardson said: “I was very pleased to represent NECC and the wider chamber network at what was a very productive meeting with Mr Osborne.
“Recent announcements, including the last Budget contained some very encouraging policy measures that will doubtless enable greater levels of exporting, hopefully from smaller and medium sized businesses such as Hart Door.”
The Chancellor said: “Our long term economic plan is working and Britain is coming back.
“But the job is not yet done. For decades Britain has not been exporting enough or investing enough, which is why I have taken continued action to reform our export regime, and provide the necessary incentives to get businesses investing.
“The British Chambers of Commerce has a key role to play in the long-term plan that is delivering economic security for hardworking people by providing the government with quality advice on the policies that will really help their members prosper.”
NECC policy and research manager Mark Stephenson, added: “A face to face meeting with the Chancellor is a good way to make it clear that the Government has a responsibility to ensure that key regional assets, such as our airports, are supported wherever possible, especially given the vital role they play linking us to our markets.
“For business links such as the Emirates service from Newcastle are becoming more and more important for companies like Hart Door and we welcome opportunities to question the Chancellor on his export ambitions and what he intends to do to help North East companies deliver more for UK PLC.”