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Lord Heseltine says too much of the government's attention is focused on business in London - a view shared by some businesses in Birmingham.
ITV News' Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg reports from Birmingham.
Lord Heseltine has begun outlining his economic growth report in Birmingham, expanding on his push for the UK regions to be given a greater role in the country's wealth creation.
"When local partners (around the UK) work together that local (partnership) is more powerful that anything London can produce," he said, adding: "Whitehall's ambitions should be to do less, but to do it better."
But the former Tory minister added that his report formed no criticism of the current Government.
The Federation of Small Businesses has said it "welcomed parts" of Lord Heseltine's economic report, but was "cautious about some of the proposals".
The federation's National Chairman, John Walker, said:
Mr Walker added:
Responding to Lord Heseltine’s independent review of UK competitiveness, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
Mr Longworth added:
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne believes Lord Heseltine's report into economic growth can help the Government.
In a statement, the Conservative MP said: “I wanted Lord Heseltine to do what he does best: challenge received wisdom and give us ideas on how to bring Government and industry together. He has done exactly that. This is a report bursting with ideas and we will study it very carefully.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable has said that the Government will consider Lord Heseltine's economic findings and respond to them in the coming months.
Commentating on the former Deputy Prime Minister's report, he said:
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, also commented on Lord Heseltine's report:
Labour's Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP has said that he hopes Lord Heseltine's economic proposals are taken "seriously".
“Labour has led calls for an active government approach to support business and underpin regional growth – it is good to see Lord Heseltine echoing this in his report. We will examine his proposals and consider which ones we can take forward."
He added: “We hope that ministers will take Lord Heseltine’s proposals seriously, although the briefing against the report from within government in recent days suggests they are unwilling to listen.
"If this is the case, it will therefore be left to a future One Nation Labour government to take forward many of Lord Heseltine’s ideas.”
Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Lord Heseltine has urged the Government today to spend more money on boosting economic growth in the regions.
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Lord Heseltine was asked to put his considerable brain and experience to work by the coalition to consider ways to give our economy a kick.