High-speed fibre broadband has arrived here in Sheffield and is helping to drive economic recovery by opening up global markets, providing new job opportunities, boosting productivity and enabling local businesses to prosper.
Chambers across the country have complained that Government has forgotten business costs amongst the push to be seen to be controlling domestic prices.
Richard Wright, executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Budget: -There are a number of positives for businesses in the budget, but overall it is not exciting or goes far enough to change confidence in the private sector to stimulate growth.
Commenting on the Department for Energy and Climate Change's release of new evidence that links government policy decisions to rising business energy bills, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: -These figures show that while ministers focus their attention on containing household energy bills, businesses are bearing the brunt of their policy decisions.
Consumers and the self-employed with outstanding tax bills may soon be forced to have their debt secured against their home if it is not repaid on time.
Commenting on the Department for Transport's decision to re-start the rail franchising process after last year's failed West Coast procurement process, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: -Businesses up and down the country will be relieved to see an end to the protracted uncertainty that has faced the railways since the West Coast tender process was halted last autumn.