No sooner had I published my previous post extolling the virtues of government truly engaging with business, than David Cameron unveils his panel of leading industry bosses he says will help to the shape the UK Governments economic policy.
He would appear on the face of it to have picked a group of real winners. Amongst them Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Group, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony, Paul Walsh, Boss of Diageo, Sir Martin Sorrell from WPP, Justin King of Sainsburys, Sam Laidlaw of Centrica, BT Chairman Sir Michael Rake and Dick Olver of BAE Systems. These guys know a thing or two about job creation.
Cameron is quoted as saying “the group offers a real interchange with us about the priorities for growth, the priorities for the economy” . A word of warning if I may Mr Cameron. Your predecessor had a similar panel and didn’t listen to them. Please make sure you do and act. Your actions could have hugely positive impact on the 5 million unemployed in the UK.
Now for the remaining 207 million…….