Digby finds Boomtown in Oz
Published Monday 12 April, 2010
Lord Digby Jones visited Perth in Western Australia as a guest of the Western Australian Government to speak at the Oil and Gas Conference. Perth is practically a boomtown with so many natural resources being shipped through it or being dug up or drilled for within the State and a willing purchaser for the lot just up the road in Beijing.
The challenges that such economic change brings were highlighted by Digby. A lack of skilled people and a disinclination to tool up on the skills front due to the availability of semi-skilled, well-paid work - a need for the physical infrastructure to be upgraded.
But he also praised Perth for its "can-do" approach, its friendliness, its job and business opportunities in many sectors for UK companies ... and the weather!
Successful visits to Western Australia's JCB dealership and the 4th largest Triumph dealership in the World rounded off an excellent business experience ... and he's promised to be back in Oz in May 2011.