Our Campaign for Business 2015 has been put together over the last 12 months from a variety of sources and events.
By using the opportunity for meaningful engagement with members at our events, especially the local Action for Business networking events, linking with the Chamber’s Policy & Campaign Committee and Chamber Council, we have managed to refine a huge range of issues and ideas detailed under our 5 campaign themes.
Some started as issues raised by individuals, others have been included as a direct response to major policy initiatives. All, though, at their heart have the interests of businesses as their origin.
This will be my third General Election at the Chamber and I can say two things with certainty – this is the most accurate and comprehensive business campaign document we have produced and this will be the first campaign where our activity will be predominantly produced and delivered digitally. The campaign content, updates and news stories will all be delivered first online through the Chamber’s website or social media.
To support this we will be running individual campaign activity reflecting the 5 major themes starting in November 2014 and running through to March 2015. One campaign theme per month. We will also be setting up a group of member businesses that we will regularly survey throughout the election campaign. By doing this we can track the issues and gather views on how accurate the parties match the calls for action made in this campaign brochure.
We will include as many businesses in this as possible. Once the new government is elected in May our work doesn’t stop. We must make sure that whoever is successful, they deliver what is best for business in Greater Manchester.