Responding to Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
"I think it’s fair to say that this year’s party conference season has been one big let-down for businesses across the UK. On the one hand you have a Labour Party which has decided that business is the bad guy, on the other you have a Conservative Party which talks about the importance of markets, but then tinkers around with help to buy and energy price caps. What are business leaders meant to make of it all?
"At this pivotal moment in this country’s history, far too little time has been spent explaining the plan for how we leave the European Union, or debating how we tackle the long-term challenges that face our economy.
"We have had positive messages on the importance of skills, and more funding for transport in the North, but we need to see serious proposals at the Budget to boost what is now wavering confidence in the wider economy."