The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group, of which the Swindon Chamber is part, has launched its first Business Manifesto.

The 34-page document, developed and supported by major organisations and members, sets out the key priorities that will be championed by the Chamber on behalf of its business community over the coming year.

The importance of securing and maintaining its future as a true ‘turbo-economy’ and one of the most successful economic regions in the country is paramount to its success.

Six core pillars form the foundations of its future working programme: Influential; Global; Connected; Competitive; Working and Ambitious Thames Valley.

Each will focus on a series of indicators from showcasing the region’s established technology sector and recognising and celebrating business excellence, to maintaining and building working relationships with strategic partners and Government departments.

An ongoing campaign for the timely delivery of the third runway at Heathrow and a business-led solution to the Western Rail Link also feature prominently.

As one of the most important and competitive European regions for inward investment, work will continue with private and public-sector stakeholders to promote the Thames Valley.

Providing strong leadership and a unified voice for a business-driven agenda that includes lobbying Government to secure a business-friendly Brexit for UK plc, safeguarding the future interest of businesses exporting and regional investment will all play a role.

Chamber CEO Paul Britton said: “This is a significant statement of intent and provides a clear message to Government about the importance of investing in our region.

“The manifesto shows a willingness by the business community to not only challenge but also engage Government and regional stakeholders in delivering sustained economic, social and environmental well-being.”