Following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's announcement, Raj Kandola, director of external affairs at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, reacted by saying: “After months of speculation, businesses will be pleased to see a date has been set for the upcoming General Election, ending a period of unwelcome uncertainty.

“As an apolitical organisation, we look forward to reviewing the manifestos produced by parties across the spectrum in order to forensically analyse their plans for driving economic prosperity in the West Midlands and beyond. In the coming weeks, we will continue to engage with regional and national stakeholders in order to raise awareness of the recommendations put forward by the Business Commission West Midlands.

“In particular, it's essential that our recognised political parties put forward pragmatic plans that will turbocharge growth and give local firms the confidence they need to invest and prosper across areas such as skills, international trade and innovation.”