Campaign for Business 2024

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has launched its 2024 Campaign for Business document which highlights 5 key themes that represent key ‘asks’ of the business community.

The document, launched ahead of May’s Mayoral Election and in advance of a future General Election has been put together from the Chamber’s work and consultation with its members, the wider business community in GM and also its work on developing the GM Local Skills Improvement Plan (GM LSIP).

The themes cover major issues such as skills, trade, connectivity, net zero and wider business conditions.

Emma Holt, Chamber President said: “Our Campaign for Business document is a great summary of the key issues facing businesses at present as well as setting out practical ways that these can be addressed. Whilst some of these can only, realistically, be resolved at a national level, many should now be able to be dealt with locally by the Mayor through the key elements of the new Trailblazer Devolution Deal.”

“On skills we have used the evidence we have gathered from the GM LSIP and reiterate our support for the commitment to engage with businesses on making sure that their needs are recognised and met in a new skills system that gives as much focus to technical and vocational skills as academic subjects. The Chamber has great expertise on International Trade issues and businesses are needing greater support than ever so this forms our second major theme looking at how we can bring together the skills and support already in GM to focus on boosting trade opportunities.”

“We also look at the potential from new initiatives coming over the next year or so around the GM Investment Zone, Atom Valley and ID Manchester and highlight ways that the benefits from innovation can be spread widely across all GM not just those areas and businesses nearest these activities.”

“So, whilst this first Campaign for Business 2024 document is very much aimed at May’s mayoral Election  we are mindful of the very real possibility of a General Election later in Summer or Autumn and we have worked with members and others to pull together other ‘asks’ that we will use when the PM calls the election.”

“This isn’t a static document and will change throughout the year to reflect current issues, progress and new challenges as they arise and we intend working closely with businesses to make sure that we reflect their views accurately to the key decision makers at a local or national level.”

Click here to read the Campaign for Business 2024 document.