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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Chamber response to today's Conservative Report

A report was published today by the Conservatives proposing more power for local councils and in it there were some interesting ideas raised for business. Incentivising business growth locally makes a great deal of sense and providing the flexibilities to do that is important.

Businesses must get a say in the use of revenue raised from additional business rates so the proposal to allow local authorities to consider business rate discounts is bound to be attractive to many businesses - particularly to stimulate growth.

The report also mentions Empty Property Rates. These are causing hardship to many companies, particularly since the market has declined so severely. This is something the Chamber is looking at as part of our Action for Business plan; we are campaigning for the reinstatement of relief and are in a dialogue with the Treasury about this. Click here to find out more about our progress with this action.

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