Leading Through Change


Ana Christie, CEO - Productivity and growth


Sussex is a key economic area and all businesses in the area play a key role in its growth. We all wish to grow our businesses further and ensure our teams are being as productive as possible. But do we have the right environment and conditions to do so?


More needs to be done to improve our connectivity, infrastructure, skills gaps and investment in Sussex.


Towards the end of 2019, both LEP’s (local enterprise partnerships) in Sussex carried out workshops with business to develop a local industrial strategy. The strategy will define key priorities for the area to help maximise its contribution to UK productivity. It will highlight the importance of place and the need to bring together the five foundations of productivity (ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places). As well as identifying four grand challenges to catapult the UK to be a leader in the global technological revolution (artificial intelligence and data economy, clean growth, future of mobility and ageing society).


Engagement with stakeholders was also undertaken to develop the Transport for the South East strategy to deliver a quality integrated transport system to make the area more productive and competitive as well as improving quality of life for all whilst protecting the environment.


A major transformation is required in order to transform the economy, boost jobs and hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We shall wait to see the results of these strategies and the investment being made by government to drive productivity and growth.


Why is all this important? With the right investment the economy will more than double over the next 30 years, create additional jobs, boost quality of life, provide access to opportunities and cut carbon emissions to net-zero. There is a requirement and need to influence policy changes and for everyone to contribute to addressing the urgent global and local environment challenges. We need to constantly adapt to the changing environment and challenges that lie ahead.


I get to see first-hand the key issues facing business.  By providing key insights and feedback ensures your concerns are being raised directly to the British Chambers, who have a high-profile policy and lobbying team to represent the interests of over 75,000 national Chamber members. The Chamber network continues to make a tangible difference to business and lobby on issues such as trade, business investment, people and infrastructure.


By tackling key issues facing businesses, these efforts have been translated into significant Chamber wins (click here to see this on our website). All of these wins are a testament to the power of the Chamber network to support business growth and productivity.


A vibrant Sussex economy provides increased and better job opportunities and investment prospects.  The provision of quality goods and excellent services helps drive business growth. Being productive gives you purpose, it motivates the people around you and it’s the key to success. Working together allows business to achieve more as our relationships with others lead us to achieve goals beyond those we could achieve alone. Working with you inspires me to achieve more for business and the Chamber.




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