• Monday 6 Aug 2012

    How we prosper in the face of fierce competition



    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Steve Rankin, the CBI's Thames Valley Regional Director

    The UK’s growth will depend on developing a wider and deeper pool of skills so that our economy can prosper in the face of fierce international competition for business. There is nothing more important to the future economic success of our country, and the lives of young people, than education.


    The foundations for the development of higher-level skills and the essentials for working life, that employers require, are laid at school. But levels of educational attainment are rising fast in many leading and emerging economies, so in the UK we must ensure that our education and skills system can continue to compete at the cutting edge.

  • Tuesday 28 Aug 2012

    Competitive economic growth



    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Alex Pratt, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Business First and Bucks Institute of Directors.

    There has been a huge outpouring of sentiment from business people linking the UK’s magnificent Olympic success (both in the staging and in the competitive success) with the catalysing of new and better enterprise.

    For those of us business people instinctively on the Right (which is most business people), it was a magnificent underlining of the virtues of personal commitment and fierce determination.


    For those others on the Left…well, they had next to nothing to say, as our triumphs were a shot in the eye to socialism’s begrudgery, leveling and hatred of individual achievement.

  • Monday 13 Aug 2012

    LEPs success is crucial to local economic growth



    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Ian Coates, the Area Director for BIS South Central and West

    What do Gloucester, London, Farnborough, Bristol, Lee on the Solent and Saunderton have in common? The answer is that they are all places where I attended meetings at the invitation of local business partners, in a single week, in my role as Area Director BIS South Central and West.


    Thankfully, there is an important purpose in these meetings and discussions. BIS is the Department for Growth, and in the current economic climate, it is hugely important that national growth policy, and local growth action, are pulling as far as possible in the same direction. Making that happen is the challenge at the heart of my - and BIS Local's - role.