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Date: 01/06/2017

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, hosted an election debate on key business issues last week on Friday 26 May at Hereford Football Club.

The event brought together around fifty delegates, who joined a panel of parliamentary candidates and party representiatives from across the region to have their say on what they see as priorities for Herefordshire.
The discussion was lively and lots of businesses had questions to ask the panel which consisted of; Ellie Chowns (Green Party), Jim Kenyon (Independent), Jesse Norman (Conservatives), Lucy Hurds (Liberal Democrats) and Steve Hancorn (Labour Party). Panelists had the opportunity to give a two minute opening statement, a one minute closing statement, and in between took questions from the floor. This approach allowed the real focus to be on business owners and managers, who face barriers to growth every day. 
Hot topics on the day included; skills and labour market shortages, infrastructure, and last but not least, Brexit. These concerns form key parts of the Chamber Manifesto 2017 which highlights the biggest issues for businesses in the two counties. For more information on the manifesto, please click here
Sophia Haywood, Policy Manager at the Chamber, said: “Running a hustings was a great way of getting parliamentary candidates to hear the thoughts and concerns of our members and others in the local business community ahead of the election. It is vital that candidates not only understand our members views before the vote on Thursday 8 June, but also continue to support business priorities moving forward.“