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'A Budget for Business' says Sussex Enterprise

Manufacturers win energy bills support in Budget, Export Lending Doubled, Support for Apprenticeship Scheme increased

Giving his initial reaction to the Budget 2014, British Chambers of Commerce Director General John Longworth said:

“Business wanted a Budget that was disciplined, focused, and geared toward the creation of wealth and jobs – and that’s what the Chancellor has delivered”.

“With a huge confidence gap still separating employers from young job-seekers, we are very pleased to see the Chancellor heed our call to help firms take on and train tomorrow’s workforce. Overcoming that confidence gap means more investment in young people, more apprenticeships, and more jobs, which are critical with more than 900,000 16-to-24-year-olds still out of work''.

“Osborne’s focus on investment, exports, house-building and economic resilience passes the business test. By making a better business environment his top priority, the Chancellor has recognised that successful and confident companies are the key to transforming Britain’s growing economic recovery into one that is felt in homes and on high streets''.

“As with any Budget, there were some populist measures that were not at the top of business’s wish list. Luckily, these were far outweighed by considered measures to support business growth and wealth creation''.

Wendy Bell, General Manager, Sussex Enterprise comments:

“In Sussex we are delighted to see manufacturers finally getting a break, with the energy bills to be cut and export lending doubled this provides a much needed to boost to our hardworking manufacturers.  Construction is already making significant progress in Sussex; it really feels like the economy is gearing up for success and with business optimism rising we are looking forward to seeing Successful Sussex continuing to deliver”.


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