The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is urging politicians to help stimulate economic growth across the UK and ‘unlock the power of British business’. In a recently published action plan, the BCC has called for flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy to support everyone in the workplace; strengthened UK-EU co-operation to increase investment; and ‘dramatic’ energy grid upgrades. According to the business group, the plan ‘outlines a framework for collaborative working between business and politicians’. ‘The economy thrives when business and politicians work in partnership,’ said Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC. ‘A better planning system, a flexible Apprenticeship Levy, strengthened UK-EU co-operation and a dramatic grid upgrade are all needed urgently. ‘All too often businesses are squeezed out of towns and cities, as good land is given over to housing. Local communities thrive when businesses are at their heart. Those businesses need skilled workers, and a flexible Apprenticeship Levy will make sure employers can give staff the training they need.