Paul Britton, Chief Executive of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the highly anticipated Industrial Strategy White Paper, which sets out the long-term plans to boost productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. He commented: “The Thames Valley is a proven and innovative region and it was fantastic to see that these components were the main priorities identified in the Industrial Strategy in helping drive future growth and prosperity of the UK economy.
“For established, well defined reasons, it is also why the Thames Valley, the UK’s true turbo-economy, is and will remain the most important sub-region, outside of London. We are keen to help UK plc achieve the wider aims, objectives and goals outlined in our capacity as the leading business voice for the region.
“We recently launched our own 2018 Business Manifesto and we see a highly productive, dynamic Thames Valley as key to driving the success of the UK. We have consistently called upon the government to secure, fund and deliver key infrastructure projects like the 3rd runway at London Heathrow and Western Rail Access to London Heathrow.
“Over the coming weeks we will be working closely with representatives from the business community and key partners including the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) to ensure the Thames Valley is firmly placed to help shape and frame the ‘Local Industrial Strategy’ statements from 2018 onwards.”
A summary of the key Industrial Strategy policies is available HERE