Chamber Gears up for General Election

Date: 29/05/2024
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Following last week’s announcement of a snap election on 4th July the Chamber has been pulling together its Campaign for Business work ahead of the start of its build up to the Election and beyond. In April a local version of the Campaign for Business 2024 was released ahead of the Mayoral Election and this is being updated with national level issues and ‘asks’ from business ready for a relaunch in the next week.

In addition to this two events are taking place with a focus on the Election. The first is the Quarterly Economic Briefing on 27th June when the results of the latest QES will be revealed and a session held looking at the parties and their policies that will be voted on just seven days later.

Following the election, the Chamber’s Summer Assembly will be held on 12th July and this will be looking at the make up of the new government and, more importantly, its policies and how they may impact on Greater Manchester. 

Chris Fletcher, Policy Director at the Chamber, said: “The election call caught a lot of people out, including, it seems, members of the Cabinet! However we had started some preparation earlier this year and we are now working quickly to update our Campaign for Business calls and make sure we keep businesses informed of what is happening. This is a critical election and comes at a crucial time for the country. Businesses want certainty, stability and growth opportunities. After recent years of turmoil and stagnation whichever party wins must understand the seriousness of the situation and the level of expectation for something different to support growth and expansion.”