Campaign for Business 2021

2020 and most of 2021 has seen disruption and challenges on a scale that few people had experienced before. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was felt across people’s lives, businesses and whole communities.

Coupled with the ongoing impact of Brexit and the EU/UK Trade Agreement in place since January 2021and a wide range of other global and market pressures it’s at times like these that businesses need help, support as well as a genuine way to make sure their voices are heard and decision makers act.

Taking all this into account we have decided to refresh and reposition our original Campaign for Business themes from 12 months ago and update them to take into account the new reality of the world we live in and the challenges that we face.

Businesses faced significant problems before the pandemic and whilst the reaction to Covid has helped bring about rapid adoption and innovation of new technologies and ways of working it has also magnified and concentrated problem areas and issues too.

These issues are the ones that lay at the heart of the government's manifesto policy to level-up the country. Investment in people, places and jobs is needed if the UK is to grow back stronger more so now than when the government were elected in December 2019.

It is important therefore that we look to take a whole view approach to our campaign activity not a singular focus on the fallout from Covid. The campaigns we run have been put together from input by members and others over the course of 2020 and early 2021; they reflect where we are now and how we can tackle the immediate problems, the long-standing issues there before Covid, whilst building a stronger community for the future.

Our 2021 Campaign for Business themes are:

·  CONNECTIVITY AND INNOVATION FOR GROWTH

·  FUTURE OF WORK 

·  GREEN GROWTH 

·  BUSINESS CULTURE 

We will be setting up member led campaign groups on all these issues in late Summer / early Autumn. if you want to get involved, email me at chris.fletcher@gmchamber.co.uk