He joined a select group of around 25 Chamber members for an informal question and answer session over lunch.
Mr Frost (pictured) spoke about his recent trade trip to China where he had been impressed by the level of service and infrastructure offered in the country, and the opportunities that were available to UK companies for export and international trade.
He outlined his and the BCC’s opinion on four key areas:
- The first 100+ days of the coalition government;
- The general state of the UK economy;
- The important role of the planned Local Enterprise Partnerships;
- How the BCC is lobbying and supporting the government.
After lunch, Chamber members took the opportunity to ask questions and raise specific topics that matter to them and their businesses. Topics covered included the role of the private sector in job creation in the coming years, transport links to the city, the importance of skills and education, international trading opportunities, and the government procurement programme.
The role of the new LEPs was raised again by members. Chamber chief executive Rita Spada was keen to know the BCC’s view on the role businesses and the private sector should play in the creation and running of the LEPs.
Speaking after the event, she said: “This was the first visit of David Frost to Milton Keynes for this type of question and answer session and our members were very grateful for the opportunity to get his views on a number of important issues.
“The BCC plays a vital role in the link between membership and the government through their lobbying and representation at the highest levels, so enabling this type of two-way communication between our members is very important for the Milton Keynes business community and our regional economy going forward.”
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