Dorset Chamber reaction to Queen’s Speech

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Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “Businesses in Dorset may welcome elements of the Queen’s Speech.

“Some who have fallen victim to crime may be pleased to see a focus on law and order, while there may also be crumbs of comfort for others who wish to see more priority placed on education and digital infrastructure.

“Yet the primary concern must be that the Government places the economy front and centre whatever unfolds in the coming days and weeks.

“The proposed legislation may well become academic but the over-riding need for clarity for business remains.

“The government’s economic plan must be grounded in reality, taking into account the conditions facing firms and the need to minimise further disruption.

“It must not lose sight of its responsibility to create conditions that support growth and boost investment.

“This means action to lower the upfront costs hitting firms, boosting investment in infrastructure and skills, and providing considerable investment incentives to companies.”