Election on Business Class agenda

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Local business leaders across Cornwall will hear from top industry figures this week about how party policies might affect them following the forthcoming General Election.

Regional law firm Stephens Scown is hosting its Business Class event at City Hall, Truro on Friday April 16 from 12pm with guest speakers Lord John Burnett and Tim Jones, chair of Devon and Cornwall Business Council. Delegates will also have the opportunity to network and ask questions of the panellists.

With current opinion polls indicating the Election may be a closely fought battle and speculation of a possible hung Parliament, both speakers will give their views and thoughts on how the three main political parties may fare on May 6. They will explore what might tip the balance and what this could mean for Cornwall.

Lord Burnett will, as a sitting member of the House of Lords, give an update on the election outlook; highlight the influences on voter patterns and attempt to predict the potential effects on planning and the housing market, as well as on future tax policy, public debt and regional assemblies.

Lord Burnett, who is also a lawyer and consultant with Stephens Scown, said: “We hope that this Business Class event will be informative, as well as being topical and relevant given the forthcoming General Election. We’re expecting over 100 guests who are interested in hearing what the outcome could mean for the economy and their business.”

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Tim Jones, chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Business Council will provide a local view talking on the subject of whether Whitehall assists the delivery of good local businesses.

Tim added: “The engagement of the business community and promotion of some of our professional services has never been more crucial, given the current uncertainty regarding public sector expenditure. I very much look forward to using this to explore opportunities for greater partnership working and ensuring that the professional skills we have here are used, rather than there being a need to look outside the South West for advice that’s required for a wide range of professional activities.”