A Midland business leader has slammed the Government for ordering business to work harder.
Institute of Directors West Midlands chairman John Rider accused Ministers of “flailing about”.
His comments followed what appeared orchestrated criticism of the sector by a number of members of the Cabinet.
Foreign Secretary William Hague told companies to “get on with the task of creating more of those jobs and more of those exports, rather than complaining about it”, while Defence Secretary Philip Hammond maintained business leaders were “whingeing” and unwilling to take risks to invest.
Mr Rider said: “The Government is under so much pressure it is now seeking to blame business for the mess we are in. That is out of order.
“All we want from this Government is to set out the right environment to allow confidence to return.”