By Claire West

Commenting on the Chancellor’s speech delivered to delegates at the Conservative Party Conference today, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“George Osborne not only set out a clear explanation of why immediate steps have to be taken to reduce public expenditure, but importantly outlined the central role of business in driving economic growth, and the need to maintain investment in crucial infrastructure projects.

“However, it is vital that we shift the focus of the national debate from the necessary spending cuts to one of growing the UK economy. We need to regain our self-confidence, and it will be business that is at the heart of this - but only if it is given the freedom to create jobs and wealth. This is why it is critical that the burden of red tape is reduced, and sufficient help is given to exporting companies. 2011 has to be the “Year of Growth”, and the only way to achieve this is by ensuring that we create the right environment for a strong and flourishing business community.”