Chamber calls for growth plan

Businesses are beginning to show signs of improvement, but Britain isn't out of the woods yet, according to Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce's executive director, Andrew Denniff.

Commenting on the latest British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey, Mr Denniff said: "Businesses have witnessed some of the toughest years in recent memory.

"The latest survey points to some encouraging signs amongst firms, particularly in manufacturing.

"However, as the figures for the service sector show, we're not out of the woods yet. Faced with public sector cuts and cost pressures, ensuring the health of businesses is critical to a sustained economic recovery.

"We must encourage more new start-ups, more employment, create stronger companies and support export potential. Only a clear growth strategy set alongside existing plans for deficit reduction, will give businesses the confidence to grow through 2011 and beyond."

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