Chamber of Commerce members are being asked to take part in an online survey to identify questions that businesses want candidates to answer during the General Election campaign.
Claire Watterson, Chair of Chamber’s Think Tank group which is organising the survey, explainedL ‘In addition to encouraging all of our members to vote in the election on September 23rd, we also want to find out what issues matter most to the businesses that they own, manage, or work for. Their responses – which will be treated in the strictest confidence – will be used to create a list of questions that we will pose to each candidate who stands in this year’s General Election.’
Think Tank will be releasing a summary of the results, and will highlight the topics that are of greatest interest to the business community. Nearer to polling day, the group will send leaflets to voters with questions that they may wish to ask candidates during the election campaign.
The survey will also ask for opinions on how members would prefer to interact with election candidates both at this year’s election, and future elections. It forms part of a broader Chamber initiative to encourage and facilitate the business community’s engagement with the election campaign, and to ensure there’s an informed debate about the challenges facing Isle of Man businesses and the economy.
The Island’s biggest business network recently published its ‘Business Manifesto’ which sets out the most urgent priorities. Chamber is keen to stress that the organisation is not supporting any particular candidates or political party – the Business Manifesto forms part of a campaign focused only on ensuring that the issues which affect business and the economy are considered by every voter and every prospective MHK.
The Think Tank group was formed in late 2020 and evolved from Chamber’s FUEL sub-committee. Click here to find out more about Think Tank.