Commenting on the challenges facing Gordon Brown when he becomes Prime Minister David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“As Chancellor, Gordon Brown provided the one thing business craves above all other: stability.   The challenge he will face as Prime Minister is to deal with the broader issues outside of the Treasury remit that have held UK businesses back.  To do this it is crucial that the views of business are heard around the Cabinet Table.

“Businesses up and down the country are hampered by the lack of education and aptitude that far too many school leavers have.  Whilst this has been masked by the influx of willing workers from Eastern Europe it is unsustainable to import workers to do jobs British youths either can not or will not do.

“Congestion costs UK businesses £17 billion a year (1), yet for all the talk we are no nearer a coherent, integrated nationwide transport plan.  The last fabled 10 year plan delivered relatively little and it is crucial that a lead is taken right from the very top if anything is to be achieved over the next 10 years.”