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Cumbrian businesses get a say on the Government’s Industrial Strategy

Rob Johnston
Rob Johnston

[B]usinesses in Cumbria are being offered the chance to influence the Government’s new industrial strategy.

A Green Paper is out to consultation until April 17. Any business or member of the public can comment.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is planning to submit a detailed response and is embarking on a major consultation exercise to shape what this should say.

Chief executive Rob Johnston said: “The Green Paper on industrial strategy marks a sea change in government policy.

“Prime Minister Theresa May and her Business Secretary Greg Clark have indicated they will be more interventionist than any previous government since the 1970s.”

He added: “The Green Paper covers investment, skills, infrastructure, business support, procurement, exports, energy and other areas of vital interest.

“This is a hugely important document and we very keen to hear what businesses in Cumbria think.”

The Green Paper runs to 132 pages but the Chamber’s policy team has produced a 12-page summary, listing salient points and 38 questions posed by the Government.

This summary is on the Chamber’s web site – www.cumbriachamber.co.uk – and is being emailed to 16,000 businesses on its database.

The Chamber is also inviting major employers to breakfast briefings on the Green Paper to be held in Carlisle, Kendal, Ulverston and Workington next month.

The deadline for feeding comments to the Chamber is April 7.

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