Dear First Minister and deputy First Minister
The emergence earlier this week of the problem of reconciling views on the issue of welfare reform has, we believe, placed us at another crossroads in Northern Ireland’s progress towards a better future for all.
The commitment of the business community to grow the private sector and create tens of thousands of jobs for everyone remains undimmed. However, delivery of lower Corporation Tax is fundamental to achieving these outcomes. Hence the reason to come together to speak with one voice on this matter.
We recognise that there is no ducking the lower levels of public expenditure that face us. The business community is ready to sit down with all the stakeholders today to focus on the hard work required to create thousands more jobs and to build our businesses into world class enterprises.
We strongly encourage our political parties to come to an urgent solution so that we can all move forward together.
|Colin Walsh, Chair
CBI Northern Ireland
Kevin Kingston, President
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
|Paul Terrington, Chairman
Institute of Directors
Wilfred Mitchell, Chairman
Federation of Small Businesses