Opinion from Lord Digby Jones, 2010

Strictly Business

Published Thursday 23 December, 2010

As UK plc splutters its way to the end of another year, Business should be raising a glass to some sterling efforts in some quarters and consigning others to the "nil points" category.

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Banging the Drum for Britain

Published Wednesday 17 November, 2010

There is only one way our Country is going to get itself out of our economic mess; we are going to have to trade our way out.

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Brazil: an opportunity we must not ignore

Published Wednesday 17 November, 2010

I have just returned from a fascinating visit to Rio and Sao Paulo in what is now the 8th largest economy on Earth; Brazil.

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Open for Business

Published Thursday 28 October, 2010

Time to reflect on two major announcements over the past few days. The public spending review of last week and the quarterly growth figures from this week.

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Is Doomsday really upon us?

Published Wednesday 29 September, 2010

Turkey is a remarkable place – at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. And, having recently visited the country, I am convinced we should grant its wish to join the European Union. Critics say that would unleash another wave of mass immigration.

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We all need leadership!

Published Monday 13 September, 2010

When I joined the Confederation of British Industry as its Director-General in January 2000 I was briefed on many things very quickly. One set of predictions that stuck in my mind was that China, then the World's 7th largest economy would overtake the UK (then 4th) by 2010, catching Germany to take 3rd place by 2015 and Japan by 2020, overtaking (if ever) the USA by 2040.

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RDA’s or LEP’s?

Published Tuesday 24 August, 2010

Just because RDA's were unnecessary in the South West, South East and East of England doesn't mean they weren't both successful and needed in the Midlands and the North. Look at how the closing of Longbridge was dealt with.

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Hey! BBC! Give Business a Chance!

Published Monday 9 August, 2010

I have never written to the Director-General of the BBC before (other than to thank him for dinner!) but last week saw me do just that. I became a complainer to the Beeb!

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Cameron Goes Global!

Published Tuesday 3 August, 2010

The USA, Turkey and India all in a few days for the PM ... great stuff!

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Ringfencing - what does it all amount to?

Published Tuesday 13 July, 2010

Before the General Election (and some would say, and perish the thought, in order to get elected!) the Conservatives promised that amongst all the cuts in public spending that would have to be made, ring-fencing would apply to both the NHS and Overseas Aid.

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