Brexit, skills and infrastructure were among the issues businesses raised with a Coventry MP.

Coventry South Member of Parliament, Jim Cunningham, met local firms at the Coventry branch meeting of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
Members of the branch raised a number of issues around Brexit, the shortage of employment land and skills of workers and future workers.

Jim Cunningham said: “Leaving the EU had been presented as being ‘too simplistic’ and that’s created a great deal of uncertainty for everyone, including business.

“Coventry should however be optimistic. I believe we are well positioned as a city to grow our economy over the coming years, but we cannot be complacent. We have to continue working hard as a city to maintain that. Compared to other cities, the future looks brighter thanks to the hard work of our businesses, our business organisations and the Council.

“In 2021, we’ll be the UK City of Culture and with the redevelopment planned around the city centre is a fantastic opportunity for us. We must ensure we grasp it with both hands.”

David Penn said that the Chamber welcomed the dialogue with politicians in the region.

He said: “As the voice of business for Coventry and Warwickshire, it’s vitally important that decision-makers hear the issues that are affecting companies on our patch.

“Here in Coventry, there are many reasons to be excited for the future but it’s our role to ensure that growing the economy remains a priority for our political leaders.

“That is why it is good to be able to attract our MPs to our branch meetings so they get to know what is affecting businesses on their patch.”