North-east business community sets out election manifesto


Organisations from across the north-east have contributed to a business manifesto outlining the key issues that the councillors returned in this week’s local authority elections must deliver on.

Ahead of May 4, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce asked its 1,300 members to give their thoughts on the crucial issues and actions needed by its elected officials to ensure the north-east’s ambitious vision for the future becomes a reality.

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The manifesto, which has been shared with candidates across the city and shire, calls for engagement and ambition to maximise economic potential and deliver a renaissance for our city region.

“Our economy is at a key crossroads and businesses of all shapes and sizes are adjusting to a ‘new norm’ but we have a strong platform from which to move forward,” said chief executive Russell Borthwick.

“There are currently £5.3bn of infrastructure projects in the pipeline with more to come. We have an economic diversification plan that is gathering pace. Our strength in innovation is being further developed through city region deal investment. There is real progress with the city centre masterplan. Most of all we are beginning to demonstrate confidence and ambition and sending out the message that we are open for business.

“It is vital that this momentum is maintained and the pace increased. We need our politicians of all colours to see the big picture, take a long-term view, demonstrate leadership and make the brave decisions that will help write the next chapter in the Aberdeen success story.”

The key asks from organisations across the region include:

  • To work constructively across the political divide for the good of the region and put economic success at the heart of every decision.
  • Increased strategic cross-council collaboration on key transport initiatives, planning, economic development, inward investment, skills, affordable housing and digital infrastructure.
  • Constructive engagement and partnership working with the business community.
  • To champion the north-east narrative when travelling in Scotland and further afield.

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