It is an historic time in the world of politics this summer, with the vote for the UK to leave the European Union and the appointment of the second ever female prime minister for our country.
On behalf of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and the business community we congratulate Theresa May in the premier role.
A monumental period of change now lies ahead for Britain and Northamptonshire Chamber call upon the newly formed Cabinet leading Brexit to ensure stability, clarity and action during this time.
We need the Government to bring stability to markets, clarity on the timetable for changes to our relationship with Europe, and action on the many issues that matter for growth.
Businesspeople in Northamptonshire and across the country are reliant on the decisions that will be made in the coming months for their ability to trade and therefore the sustained future of their companies.
It is our duty, as a business support organisation, to continue to ensure our members voices are heard in the corridors of power at this critical time.
Our latest Quarterly Economic Survey results (released 12 July), show that in the second quarter of 2016 that firms were performing strongly in the domestic markets and recruiting new staff, but the drop in investment decisions reinforced the uncertainty felt by businesses in the run-up to the EU referendum.
Our Chamber foreign exchange service, delivered by Chamber partner and exchange experts moneycorp, has seen a seven-fold increase in enquiries in the three weeks since the vote to leave the EU, as companies dance with the unknown.
Moneycorp saves Chamber members money on international payments and foreign exchange and give timely advice and support – often much needed at times like this.
Northamptonshire firms need a commitment from the Government that they will seek the best possible terms of trade for the future but also show positive, visible steps to support business and trade.
A strong partnership between business and government is now absolutely vital to boost both confidence and competitiveness in Northamptonshire and across the country.
As we enter this period of transition for our country and our business communities your Chamber is here to help. Contact us with any questions you might have.