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Thames Valley Chamber launches seventh Business Manifesto

7 December 2023
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Paul Britton of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has launched its seventh Business Manifesto, laying out its priorities for the coming year.

The manifesto covers areas ranging from AI and net zero to skills and trade.

The five main priorities are:

  • Infrastructure network resilience and adoption – promoting the opportunities of the technology and sup­porting investment that can future-proof the region
  • Shaping future skills needs – implementing the next steps of the Local Skills Improvement Plan and shaping the future of the Thames Valley Skills Unit
  • Pathway to net zero (and climate change) – advancing the work around sustainability
  • Trade and Inward Investment – Delivering services that enable high value and volumes of trade and inward investment continues to flow
  • Delivering regional leadership, championing the Thames Valley – putting and representing businesses at the heart of stakeholder engagement and political decision-making, ensuring they invest in success, and that the region promotes its wider sector and market strengths

CEO Paul Britton (pictured) said: "Our seventh annual publication sets out what our members believe are the priorities for the region, and what you can expect from the Chamber in the year ahead in response.

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“The five strategic priorities will require significant collective effort from the business community at a time of economic strain across the UK.

"We will use our reach and links into the British Chambers of Commerce to lobby for investment that is essential to help the Thames Valley and wider UK community reach its potential and initiatives such as the Local Skills Improvement Plans with the full support of local business and educators."

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The Chamber announced that it is holding an International Technology Conference at the Bracknell headquarters of technology company 3M on May 9, 2024 to prepare the readiness of Thames Valley SMEs for developments and implications of Artificial Intelligence.

The manifesto was launched at the Chambers’ Annual Dinner at Windsor Castle on Friday, December 1.


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

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