Business leaders have been complaining for several months since the Brexit vote that their voices are not being heard by the UK Government. This became an even bigger complaint during the election when the economy was hardly mentioned, let alone debated.
Access to a pool of talented workers, both skilled and unskilled, and tariff-free access across borders are important issues to UK businesses. But both seem to have been forgotten in the talk of a hard Brexit and leaving the single market. The result last week was a vote on Brexit despite the Government's view to the contrary and Prime Minister May will need to adopt a conciliatory approach not only with her unhappy MPs but also with the wider business community.
Now is the time for the CBI and IoD to champion UK businesses and make clear what is needed for a successful trading future.
One of the country's top business spokesmen has said Theresa May's new Government is "listening a lot harder". Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, was speaking days after the Conservatives won the election but failed to win enough seats for a Commons majority.This has left the direction of Brexit negotiations in doubt, with some commentators saying that having to work more closely with other parties may force Mrs May towards a softer Brexit.Mr Marshall told Sky's Ian King Live programme: "I think perhaps over the past couple of months, my business communities have been very frustrated because they felt the economy wasn't front and centre in the election campaign."I think they know it's going to have to be front and centre now."