Pre Budget comment by Ian Girling

Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), said: “This is a pivotal Budget as Brexit negotiations begin to weigh heavy on the Government and we see growth in the economy slow.

“Businesses in Dorset have remained resilient throughout recent uncertainty and will want to see measures to inspire confidence for what is likely to be a critical year for the UK.

“Scrapping the proposed hike in business rates would be a long overdue first step which would also help firms to invest, recruit, address skills shortages and grow. Measures to improve access to finance and reduce the tax burden are always welcome too.

“The Government can also do more to boost transport and digital links and infrastructure although we are more likely to see shake-ups of stamp duty and the property market in some form.

“Ultimately, backing business means backing Britain. The Chancellor must make sure our businesses, and the economy, can face Brexit from a position of strength whatever shape it eventually takes.”

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