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Chamber reacts to MPs voting to ask EU to allow an extension to Article 50

15 March 2019

“For the sake of UK plc, it is vital that the whole issue of Brexit is put to bed once and for all, as soon as possible, so that the creators of jobs and wealth can get back to focusing on what they do well, particularly here in the East Midlands.


Holding Spring Statement failed to send strong message to EU and wider world

14 March 2019

Commenting on today’s Spring Statement, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy/Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at the award-winning East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Mr Hammond painted a positive picture of where UK plc is today and how, as the fifth largest economy in the world, it is within our gift to become stronger in the years ahead.  (more…)

Should growing SME expect banks to share risk?

7 March 2019

When my partner and I started our business twenty years ago, one of the first decisions we needed to make was who to bank with. Although some new players were nudging into the SME market, most new businesses were still being advised by their accountants to choose one of the big four (which at the time still even included Midlands). (more…)

Chamber reacts to announcement of regional funding

4 March 2019

In total, the Government has pledged £1.6bn over seven years, with £1bn earmarked for specific areas, including the Midlands, on a needs-based formula and the balance available for UK communities to bid for. (more…)

Exploring the challenge of ‘Investment in Leicestershire’

1 March 2019

Jane Cowley, Chair of LBV opened the event, posing the question of why, despite demonstrating high levels of manufacturing outputs and economic contributions to GDP, does Leicestershire experience such a low level of public sector expenditure in rail, transport and public affairs?