Norfolk businesses raise their key concerns with treasury minister ahead of Budget

Treasury minister Andrew Jones MP, centre with blue tie, pictured with members of Norfolk Chamber at

Treasury minister Andrew Jones MP, centre with blue tie, pictured with members of Norfolk Chamber at a meeting to discuss business concerns in the county. Picture: Norfolk Chamber. - Credit: Archant

The state of Norfolk's transport infrastructure, broadband and business rates were top of the agenda as a treasury minister heard the views of the county's businesses.

The visit from Andrew Jones, exchequer secretary to the treasury, was a chance for leaders to make their case ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Budget.

Guests at the meeting, hosted by Norfolk Chamber at data company Migsolv's Bowthorpe offices, also raised the need for improved mobile coverage as well as skills concerns – particularly recruiting and retaining skilled staff in the construction and high-tech sectors.

They also outlined the need to improve the profile of Norfolk to help attract skills from outside of the county, and the need for upgrades to its road and rail networks.

Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber, said: 'It is important that government ministers understand the needs of Norfolk businesses and the Chamber will continue to ensure our members' views are heard loud and clear.'


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Mr Jones said: 'It's important to hear first hand the views of local businesses. We discussed infrastructure and skills and the top message is Norfolk is open for business and has a positive vision.'

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