Sat 6th Jul 2013
Chamber President: Autumn Statement must pull out all the stops
Commenting on the Chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement on 5 December, Mark Nodder, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce said:
“The government must pull out all the stops to enable businesses to access new markets, invest and create jobs.
“The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement must include tough decisions to prioritise growth, without adverse effects on the government’s deficit reduction programme. We believe that resources need to be re-prioritised to support business growth, international commerce, and the building of houses and infrastructure.
“Our message to the Chancellor is clear. Business will lead an economic recovery, but needs targeted support and a confidence boost from government. Ministers must be bold and take some unpopular decisions, including a shift of resources from welfare spending towards crucial growth measures.
“Firms up and down the country have been looking for ways to grow, export to new markets, and take on more staff in the face of weak growth and continued problems in the eurozone. While recent GDP data will give many businesses a confidence boost, the government still has work to do to ensure that our economic recovery is sustainable over the long-term.
“To do this we recommend the implementation of a ‘Growth Voucher’ scheme. The