Skills shortage is barrier to growth say Herefordshire & Worcestershire businesses

Chamber set to launch Business Manifesto 2020

In the midst of a national skills shortage, businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have had their say on what obstacles they are facing and what is preventing a prosperous business environment in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Business Manifesto 2020. The biggest issue that businesses are currently facing, from data gathered by consulting with 4000 leading businesses across the region, is attracting and retaining appropriately skilled staff. 45% of businesses surveyed identified this as the biggest barrier to growth that they are currently facing.

The 2020 Business Manifesto identify the top priorities and concerns that businesses across the two counties have and areas that are highlighted as the biggest barriers to growth. The Chamber will then use this information to shape its policies and the support it provides through lobbying with both regional and national government.

The Chamber is launching its new Business Manifesto 2020 at an event being held at Yamazaki Mazak UK Limited, Badgeworth Drive, Worcester WR3 9NF on Friday 20 March 7.30-9.30am, the presentation will be open to Members and Non-members and is free to attend.

Other areas that will be covered within the manifesto include people & skills, physical & digital infrastructure, international trade and the role of business in a sustainable economy.

The event will welcome guest speaker Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce who will provide a local and national outlook on the current business environment and an update on the BCC’s activity. Previous years launch events has seen more than 120 businesses attend.

Sharon Smith, CEO at the Chamber, said: “It is always fantastic to see so many business leaders come out to support our priorities for the coming year.

“As the business hub for the two counties, I’m looking forward to seeing the Chamber continue to work collaboratively with the business community to influence government on the key priorities outlined in our manifesto.”

If any business is looking to get an understanding of the most prominent hurdles it may face during the year and what support the Chamber will be offering, then book your place on the Business Manifesto 2020 launch event.

To find out more about the Chamber’s Business Manifesto 2020 or to book online to reserve your space/s please visit Or email