A LEADING business group will step up its plans to help companies become more efficient next month.

DELAY HOPE: Traffic jams cost business dear
DELAY HOPE: Traffic jams cost business dear
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A LEADING business group will step up its plans to help companies become more efficient next month.

The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will launch a new survey in September to help businesses reduce delays to deliveries and prevent extra costs for the customer.

It comes as the national Chamber of Commerce called for the Government to support infrastructure to provide a boost to the economy.

Hugh Evans, policy director of the group, said: “We have been pressing for national road infrastructure projects quite hard because it makes it easier for companies to make deliveries across the country.

“If you look at deliveries on roads which are effected by roadworks, it can waste hundreds of hours for businesses.

“This survey is all about better management of what we already have.

“There are parts of the motorway network which are managed effectively by using the hard shoulder, but we need to see more creativity in how we manage the road networks in particular.”

There have been renewed calls for Government investment in infrastructure projects after the Bank of England warned the economy will grind to a halt this year.

Mr Evans added: “It will make businesses much more efficient and effective for a lot of companies which rely on deliveries.

“If there are any deliveries or roadworks on a motorway, they always come at a cost and this is picked up by the customer.”

British Chambers of Commerce director general John Longworth said Government investment in long-term infrastructure projects would spark economic activity.

He added: “The Government can now borrow at the lowest interest rates ever, so why not take advantage of that?

“The bank should consider using some of its asset purchase monies to support infrastructure investment and establish a bond market for small and medium sized firms, though the focus first must be on demand.”