IBEC South East sets out priorities for the next government
Ibec South East, the group that represents business in the region, has launched its General Election campaign bringing together business leaders, policymakers and general election candidates to set out the key business priorities in the region for the next government.
Regional Director for the South East Mairead Crosby said that despite having experienced the largest employment growth in all of the regions in the past three years (11.1 per cent), the unemployment rate in the South East is still the highest in the country at 12.6 per cent.
'Massive strides still need to be made to ensure the region benefits fully from the wider economic recovery. Under-investment in broadband, the road network and education, along with a growing population means we are not prepared for the next phase of the recovery. We have a limited window to plan for these pressures and we urgently need to see a mind-set change from politicians and policymakers,' he said.
'A recent survey carried out on behalf of Ibec, found that 58 per cent of respondents identified quality infrastructure such as transport links and broadband as most important for promoting economic recovery outside of the capital. Furthermore, just 12 per cent of those surveyed agreed that the recovery is now reaching most parts of the country. Creating jobs and maintaining a positive business environment must be a priority for the next government and failure to do so will jeopardise the recovery in the South East. Successful businesses are central to the South East's economic prospects and the creation of a truly dynamic, diverse economy.'