During the last twelve months at East Midlands Trains we have achieved quite a few key milestones and we would like to share some of our successes and update you, as our customers in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire areas.
·BCC's Quarterly Economic Survey for Q1 2013 shows progress, with almost all major balances improving compared with Q4 2012.
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.