The Wokingham Paper

Reading & Wokingham Chamber of Commerce seeking a business friendly Brexit

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For the second year in a row, Reading & Wokingham Chamber Council and its members have put lobbying for a business-friendly Brexit as the number one policy priority for the local community.

The group said that the importance of continued engagement with business to make sure the Government is fully aware of their ambient and future needs during the transitional period is crucial if the region wants to continue attracting and retaining world-leading international companies.

All listed as priorities were: strengthening regional infrastructure networks, including communicating the benefits of Western Rail Link to Heathrow; maintaining support for the timely expansion of Heathrow Airport; securing delivery of the Elizabeth Line, M4 smart motorway and Reading Green Park station; sustaining momentum for a third River Thames crossing and raising awareness of the ongoing challenge to move people between transportation hubs and their end destination were all cited as priorities for the region.

Andy Cowie, President of the Reading and Wokingham Chamber Council, said: “Over the last 12 months we have continually championed government to ensure that an ambient and business proof Brexit strategy is implemented across the board. Until a deal has been signed and agreed we will continue to push forward a pro-business agenda.

“Other priorities include initiatives that ensure Reading and Wokingham town centres receive the appropriate financial resources and operational leadership needed to improve services. After all, if we want to continue to be a popular inward investment destination for UK and foreign-owned companies then we must continually engage and promote the region as the best choice for business.”

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