DORSET is among the counties whose business representatives are urging the government “fix the fundamentals” at home rather than focus exclusively on Brexit.

Chambers of commerce from across the country say they are concerned about “inaction” at Westminster and Whitehall on key domestic issues which need urgent attention.

Among the signatories is Ian Girling, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr Adam Marshall, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, wrote: “Our future success depends not just on Brexit negotiations, but also on the big economic decisions that must be made here in the UK.

“It is time, Prime Minister, for you to set out a compelling, pro-enterprise and pro-growth vision for the future, and a bold set of domestic policies to make it happen.

“It is time for you to tell business communities across the UK how your government will act – fast – to stabilise the faltering training and apprenticeship system and give clarity on migration rules, as businesses face unprecedented labour and skills shortages all across the country.

“It is time for visible action to rebuild our rutted and potholed roads, to use the resources of the state to build more homes, and to speed up the delivery of airport, rail and energy upgrades.”

It was also important to eliminate “significant gaps” in mobile and digital connectivity, he said.

He added: “It is time to set a new mandate for HMRC and economic regulators to support, rather than pursue and punish, the small and medium-sized firms that can drive future growth, and focus their enforcement activities on the small number of companies pursuing questionable practices that are ultimately paid for by the rest.”

There is also a need for a more explicit blueprint for economic growth in the regions, including greater local decision-making, the letter argues.

The letter was signed by 53 accredited chambers of commerce.

Mr Marshall wrote: “Prime Minister, the many thousands of firms we collectively represent are clear: business as usual is not good enough at a time of significant uncertainty. A concerted drive to ‘fix the fundamentals’ would unlock business confidence and investment – and set the UK on a path to long-term growth, alongside a comprehensive settlement between the UK and EU.”