Chamber backs speech

The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the renewed focus on economic growth in the Queen’s speech at the state opening of Parliament.

Chief executive George Cowcher said: “In previous years, Her Majesty has stated that deficit reduction has been her Government’s main priority, so this is a positive shift in thinking.

“Although a majority of local firms still support measures to bring down the deficit, austerity alone cannot sustain economic recovery and growth.”