British Chambers of Commerce denounce government lack of business planning for Brexit

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President of the BCC, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

The UK Chambers of Commerce have made a clear statement to the government criticizing the lack of any planning for the consequences resulting from the exclusion of non-UK nationals from the UK workforce.

President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: “The government has made it clear that its priority is to move from a reliance on EU workers to a focus on the national workforce. , and companies are ready to participate, but it is a long time. Final project.

“A managed transition, with a plan agreed upon between government and business, should have been in place from the start. Instead, the EU’s labor supply was cut without a clear roadmap on how this transition would be managed without disrupting services and supply chains.

“Now action has been taken, but further testing will take time and the low number of visas offered is insufficient. Even if these short-term opportunities attract the maximum number of people allowed under the program, that will not be enough to solve the scale of the problem that has now developed in our supply chains. This announcement is equivalent to throwing a dice of water on a bonfire.

“The government should be ready to dramatically increase the number of visas issued under this program and to convene a summit bringing together business and government to find immediate and longer-term solutions to the many challenges facing businesses in across the UK.

“Without further action, we now face the very real prospect of serious damage to our economic recovery, stifled growth, and another less than happy Christmas for many businesses and their customers across the country.”

Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the UK Chambers of Commerce, said: “Chambers of commerce have been warning the government of critical labor shortages for months now, not only in the food and beverage sectors. transport, but also in the hotel industry, construction, the healthcare sector and elsewhere in the economy. While businesses will rejoice that the government is finally taking action, this program does not go far enough.

“Data from BCC showed that 76% of hotel companies and 82% of construction companies have encountered recruitment difficulties in recent months. At the same time, we found 3 out of 4 exporters reporting no sales growth in the second quarter.

“Businesses face the most difficult environment in a generation. In addition to labor shortages – border delays, rising debt, and rising costs of materials, transportation and energy all put tremendous pressure on businesses struggling to survive. recover from the pandemic. All of these problems hit small businesses the hardest.

“Attempts to fill the shortage of heavy truck drivers and poultry workers are a step forward, but these industries are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the enormous impact of labor shortages. current work. Without a comprehensive plan to tackle this problem at all levels, we face a winter of lost opportunities for our businesses, hampering the UK’s economic recovery.

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