CBI urges Government to back business growth
13 Feb 2017
The CBI’s Budget submission letter* to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, calls on Government to back businesses’ growth ambitions in order to build greater prosperity across the UK. The letter also calls on the Government to make sure it doesn’t add to the mounting burden of costs facing firms for just doing business.
The three key action areas cited in the letter include:
Supporting firms in a more challenging and uncertain economic environment
Improving the attractiveness of the UK as a place to do business, and
Focusing on education and skills to boost regional growth and productivity.
Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, says: “Prioritising stability will inject further confidence in the economy now, and help boost the country’s productivity and prosperity for the future.
“While the economy has proved resilient, inflation is rising and growth is set to slow. As uncertainty around the manner of our EU exit dampens investment and higher inflation erodes consumer spending growth, the Government must show that it is serious about supporting companies to invest, to help our regions and nations prosper."
In the letter the CBI also calls on Government to provide greater detail on how the National Productivity Investment Fund will be spent, including the £2 billion on Research & Development (R&D), and make the best use of existing facilities like Innovate UK.
Mr Newton-Smith, adds: “Our inventors, makers and designers are concerned that the UK is currently too much of an innovation follower rather than a leader in the global economy.
“The R&D tax credit system already has strong support and forms an essential part of the UK’s innovation ecosystem.
“The Government should use their current review into the tax environment for innovation to help smaller firms make the most of the system more easily.”
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