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Monday, 24 August 2009

Chancellor visits Chamber

Alistair Darling was quizzed by Manchester business leaders during a private meeting requested by the Chancellor at Greater Manchester Chamber on Friday.

The main issues discussed were the reluctance of banks to lend to businesses, the lack of empty property tax relief and the increase in National Insurance contributions.



The meeting was attended by representatives from a range of Greater Manchester industries including construction, manufacturing and brewing.

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "We had a wide-ranging discussion, which covered everything from property tax to pensions and the licensed trade.

"We were delighted to respond to the Chancellor's request to talk to some of our members. This shows the key role Greater Manchester plays in the UK economy.

"The Chamber is in regular dialogue with the Chancellor and Number 11 and this visit was just less than a year from the last time he visited the Chamber."

The Chancellor last visited the Chamber in September during the Labour Party Conference.

A full report on the meeting will appear on the GM Chamber Blog this week.

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