OPINION: Rugby boss on making the most of support for business

Jim Griffin
Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin, chairman of the Rugby branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, writes about the importance of taking advantage of the support that’s on offer for businesses

It remains a very busy time politically – what with the Budget and the General Election just around the corner.

If it’s the Government’s responsibility to set the conditions, it is up to us as businesses to make the most of them

Jim Griffin

As a business owner, I want to get on and run my companies, turn a profit, create jobs and pay taxes that ultimately benefit everyone, and rely on the Government of the day to set the right conditions for me to do that.

That was the message we wanted to get across at our recent hustings and I hope all of the candidates saw that the vast majority of businesses in Rugby and the surrounding borough make an enormous contribution to the welfare of the area.

Our role as a voice for business in this region really comes to the fore around election time but it’s important for companies to know that if they have any issues or concerns, they can raise them with the chamber at any time of year.

We are in regular dialogue with local councils, MPs and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP – along with a host of other organisations – so we will be able to take those concerns to the right places for you.

As I said above, setting the conditions for economic growth is vital and from speaking to chamber colleagues around the region, we all believe that enhancing skills, improving access to finance, funding better infrastructure and providing support for exporters are all key for the Government after the election in May.

In this region, I am delighted to say that the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will continue to deliver the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) support to companies in this area.

The UKTI team at the chamber has done a wonderful job over the years in helping a range of firms either begin their export journey or to find new markets for those already selling their goods and services overseas.

I would urge businesses of all sizes and sectors to get in touch with the team and really make the most of what is a fantastic service.

If it’s the Government’s responsibility to set the conditions, it is up to us as businesses to make the most of them and the UKTI team at the chamber is a perfect example of that.

Companies who export are much more likely to grow and achieve greater success and it is certainly not limited to a specific sector or size of business.

With the right help and effort, exporting can open up a world of opportunities to businesses right here in Rugby and it would be great to see an increase in the number of companies trading overseas.

Through the help of the team at the chamber, I have no doubt that can happen.