Opinion from Lord Digby Jones, 2009

Goodbye and good riddance to 2009

Published Thursday 31 December, 2009

"Business has never been more needed in our societies than in the year ahead" said Lord Digby Jones as the world said goodbye and good riddance to 2009.

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Creating wealth in our society

Published Wednesday 25 November, 2009

The CBI meet this week against a backdrop of its members emerging from the most difficult year for business since the second world war. As politicians from all the main parties stream into the conference hall craving the business vote they would be well advised to bear one key fact in mind above all else.

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Playing the ‘Last Post’

Published Tuesday 20 October, 2009

Tens of millions of people in this country, from the small business woman to the pensioner, from the Dad working away from home to keep his job to the unemployed single mum doing everything possible to get back into the world of work, are looking at the proposed actions of the Royal Mail workers with frustrated disgust.

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Manufacturing Matters

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

After some twenty years as a business lawyer in Birmingham, acting for so many companies in the industrial heartland of the Nation and helping them export their goods all over the world together with working through the recessions of the early eighties and nineties; after six-and-a-half years as Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry and some fifteen months as Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the "Government of All the Talents" where in both positions I visited over seventy countries banging the drum for UK Business and learning just how little is the credit we give ourselves for what our businesses do around the globe; and being born and raised a spanner's throw from "the Austin", the huge car plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, it would be fair to say that I have manufacturing running through my veins.

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Export Development Strategy has never been more important for businesses

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

Speaking at HSBC’s International Business Question Time in Birmingham Lord Digby Jones as Chairman of HSBC’s International Business Advisory Board said “It has never been more important for smaller businesses to follow an Export Development Strategy.

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NHS spending cuts are achievable without loss of front line services

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

Speaking at the ASSIST conference in Scotland Lord Digby Jones called for a fundamental change in the way that public services are delivered so that even more doctors, nurses and teachers could be recruited and real and long lasting cuts in expenditure could be achieved.

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Sarkozy can't ignore wealth creation

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

So President Sarkozy feels that we should all judge national performance using wider and more "social progress" attuned criteria does he? As Mandy Rice-Davis once famously said: "Well he would, wouldn't he!"

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A British perspective on the G20 in Pittsburgh

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

Back in 1998, in my home town of Birmingham, the then G7 group of major industrialised nations became the G8 as the de facto change that Russia was bringing to global issues was rightly acknowledged.

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Nuclear power to the people

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

Speaking ahead of his speech at the American Nuclear Society 2009 Utility Working Conference "Back to the Future" in Amelia Island, Florida, Lord Digby Jones said: "There cannot be many more issues of long term importance to us all than energy generation and energy security."

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You must be mad!

Published Wednesday 14 October, 2009

'YOU must be mad!' Those were the words of welcome from a very senior civil servant when I reported for duty on my first day two years ago as a Minister of State in Gordon Brown's new Government Of All The Talents - or GOATS as it became known.

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