Yorkshire Times
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8:04 AM 7th May 2022

CBI Responds To South Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral Election Result

Beckie Hart, CBI Yorkshire & the Humber Director, said:

“Congratulations to Oliver Coppard on his election as South Yorkshire Metro Mayor. He is taking up office at a critical time for the regional economy – the hard work starts now.

“South Yorkshire is facing multiple headwinds, including the increased cost of living and doing business, significant geopolitical instability and rising inflation, on top of ongoing post-pandemic recovery efforts and a net zero focus.

Oliver Coppard
Oliver Coppard
“The new mayor should seek to capitalise on South Yorkshire’s many assets to fuel an economy which can empower communities and reduce long-standing inequalities. Business needs a mayor who is relentless in their engagement with central government to create the tailwinds that enable businesses to continue to invest and grow. Other priorities should include championing investment in sustainable infrastructure and the creation of a dynamic, skills-rich workforce.

“CBI members in South Yorkshire stand ready to work alongside the new mayor to develop this vision, and to drive forward ambitions for sustainable and equitable economic growth throughout the region.”