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Scottish Business Voice calls for confidence and stability

Commenting on the result of the General Election, Liz Cameron OBE, Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Voters across the UK have spoken and the Prime Minister has been returned to Downing Street, this time with an overall majority.  It is now vital that the business of Government resumes quickly. We would remind all politicians that it is hard working business people across the country who have created the jobs and provided the growth that the UK has enjoyed.   Supporting business growth, creating stable conditions and providing global confidence must be their top priorities.

“Our economy remains vulnerable to external shocks, such as the continuing Greek bailout saga and a slowdown in a number of our international target markets.  What we don’t need is extended uncertainty over our future membership of the European Union.  This market is worth £12.9 billion to Scotland’s exporters and the European question needs to be settled quickly and decisively.

“Here in Scotland, the election has produced a very different result to the rest of the UK, but business and our economy should remain the central driver.  That is our message to all Scottish MPs.    Let’s grasp the opportunity and ensure that our politicians work more closely together as they embark on the implementation of additional devolved powers to the Scottish Parliament.  They must ensure that Scottish businesses are not placed at a disadvantage in terms of our ability to compete, particularly in our aspirations to support more small and medium sized businesses to access new markets and do business internationally.

“Business is on the path of recovery but now we must work to broaden opportunities and expand horizons.  The Parliament ahead must deliver for business both at home and abroad.”