BUSINESS leaders are calling on the Government to ease employment regulations and create conditions to enable firms to feel confident about employing people.
As the latest unemployment figures show a slight fall of 1,000 to 236,000 in the West Midlands, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s president also raised a rallying cry for those struggling to find work to think about self employment.
Steve Brittan called for Birmingham business people to continue to help the region keep its reputation for enterprise and creativity.
He said: “Those struggling to find jobs should consider setting up in business themselves. We need to continue to keep the city’s reputation for manufacturing, for making things which will help grow the local economy and create jobs for local people.
Mike Ashton, spokesman for West Midlands Chambers of Commerce, said: “Our members are telling us they are cautious about investing, which will create more jobs and are tightening belts trying to get through, without over-stretching their businesses.”
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group is offering a free business programme for people who are unemployed and in jobs but want to start a new enterprise.
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