The concerns of businesses in Wales were taken to Westminster last week when the president of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce met with Prime Minister David Cameron.

James Emery attended the meeting at Downing Street as part of a delegation from the British Chambers of Commerce to brief the Prime Minister and key officials on the vital work carried out by accredited Chambers of Commerce across the country.

He used the opportunity to raise a number of issues of particular importance to Wales, including the problems many Welsh businesses face accessing overseas markets, and the difficulty Wales has retaining its home-grown entrepreneurs and businesses.

Mr Emery said: “This was a great opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister and his staff who really seemed to grasp the difficulties that many businesses in the UK are facing when it comes to exporting.

“This is particularly true here in Wales and as a country we need to be doing much more to help businesses break into the international market. I was pleased to hear that this is also a priority for the UK Government and I hope that this meeting will be a catalyst for further measures to boost the exports across the UK, but especially here in Wales.”

David Russ, managing director of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “The was a very important meeting and allowed the South Wales Chamber of Commerce to take the concerns of our members, and the wider business community in Wales, to the very highest level.

“The fact that the UK Government understands the vital role that Chambers of Commerce have to play in creating businesses opportunities across the globe is encouraging and we look forward to working with them closely in the future.”