Sunday, April 21, 2024

Businesses to be given chance to grill South Yorkshire mayoral hopefuls at hustings event

Candidates aspiring to be the new-look Mayor of South Yorkshire are to face a grilling from the area’s businesses, Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, and the FSB at a hustings event in April.

Its happening because although current Mayor Oliver Coppard is barely half way through his term of office the role is being expanded to to take on additional Police and Crime Commissioner powers

Encouraging businesses and prospective candidates to attend this event, Dan Fell, Chief Exec of Doncaster Chamber, said: “It’s vital that our region’s Mayor be attuned to the needs and wants of the local business community. After all, they will play an instrumental role in shaping South Yorkshire’s infrastructure and economy in the years to come.

“Now that they are also taking on Police and Crime Commissioner responsibilities, they will no doubt be instrumental in tackling issues like antisocial behaviour, theft, and cybercrime, which we know to be major concerns for many of our members as well.

“With that in mind, this hustings event is a great opportunity for businesses to really get a feel for the prospective mayors and to make sure their voice is being heard by them too. Meanwhile, for the candidates themselves it is a chance to find out what’s important for their future constituents and how they can better represent them. We are therefore urging businesses and candidates alike to attend, so that the conversation here can be as productive as possible.”

Organised in partnership between the three South Yorkshire Chambers, FSB, CBI and Make UK, the hustings will take place on Friday the 19th of April, starting at 9am.

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