Following today's address to the Labour Party conference by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, British Chambers of Commerce Director General, David Frost, said:

"Today's glimpse of Brown's Britain with progressive social policy at its heart has much merit. Mr Brown must never forget, though, that it is the wealth creating private sector which will fund his aspirations for Britain."

"We welcome his focus on skills and education and his commitment to developing environmental industry and technologies. Businesses want to see local empowerment and decision-making but with it must come a new style of leadership in which the voice and views of business must be heard and be at the heart of the local community."