Business leaders warn political uncertainty at Town Hall could hamper Sheffield’s recovery

Sheffield businesses say they want clear direction from the Town Hall as politicians continue talks to thrash out who will lead the city.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 10:25 am

Labour lost control of the council in the local elections and for the past 11 days they have been in discussion with the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party about whether a coalition can be formed.

Sheffield Chamber says it will support any new leadership but politicians need to work more closely with businesses.

Louisa Harrison-Walker, Chamber joint executive director, said: “The city faces a bright future but only if we can maintain momentum and use the election results as a springboard to be more joined up and more confident as a city.

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Alexis Krachai and Louisa Harrison-Walker.

“This is a challenging time for any city and the wider business community. While some companies have prospered during Covid-19, many have faced a difficult period.

“Recovering from the pandemic will take time, we need to protect and grow job opportunities and deal with some key questions facing the city.

“They want to see a clear strategy and priorities that the business community can get behind. Any political uncertainty only adds to the challenges of recovering from the impacts of Covid-19.

“The business community has a hugely important role to play in building that stronger economy and we want the Sheffield Chamber to be leading the way in helping to make that happen.”

Alexis Krachai, joint executive director, said the Chamber was involved in the Business Response Group during the pandemic and was working increasingly closely with organisations across the city.

“Our new Chamber Hubs are generating a lot of interest from individual businesses who want to share data and ideas about the city. More and more businesses are joining the Chamber to shape the discussions we have with the council, the Mayor and central government.

“Our job is to help politicians make the best possible decisions that will help businesses be successful and sustainable in our city. Whoever ends up in charge, we are ready to work with them to help drive Sheffield forward.”