Business growth is priority for 2013

Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, has called on Coalition Ministers to make business growth the “absolute priority” for 2013, following a year of “mixed fortunes” for the local economy.

In his Christmas and New Year message to business, Mr Greenaway said that although the Government has made some encouraging noises recently in both the Autumn Statement and in welcoming Lord Heseltine’s review of UK competitiveness, it must now have the conviction to deliver against its promises.

He said: “Whilst there has been growth – albeit at a slow pace – in the local economy over the last 12 months, some sectors have fared much better than others.

“What we need to see is a well co-ordinated strategy across all departments of Government that puts business growth at the heart of its economic and overall agenda.”