The most immediate would be to support exporters. The devaluation of the pound has provided our exporters with a competitive advantage which must be seized, and government support for trade missions, export market research and export credit guarantees is essential at this time.
In addition, the business community would welcome a number of key actions:
Vital capital expenditure projects must be maintained in the 1993/94 public expenditure round to be announced shortly in the Autumn Statement.
The public sector wage bill should not increase in real terms.
The Government should push hard for a resolution to the Gatt Uruguay Round in order to boost international trade.
The uniform business rate should not be increased at all this year, and empty properties should be exempt from the UBR.
A determined programme of deregulation must proceed.
Public sector and government subcontractor terms of payment should be brought down to a maximum of 30 days in order to set an example on late payment.
Funding and a clear framework for business support services, particularly information and advice to help small and medium-sized enterprises, should be made available.
Finally, the Government should push, along with the European Community, for European air transport to be liberalised.
These measures would provide an immediate boost to businesses struggling to achieve a new upturn.
The Association of British Chambers of Commerce
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