David Bell, Chief Corporate Development Officer, JCB and Chair, CBI East Midlands
I am delighted to be taking up the role of Chairman of CBI East Midlands and to have the opportunity to work with senior business leaders across the region.
The council plays a vital role in ensuring that the CBI’s national campaigns reflect the views of businesses in the East Midlands, as well as guiding the CBI’s lobbying activity on regional issues.
The next 18 months will become increasingly political in the run up to the 2015 election. Business needs a strong, clear voice on the issues that matter to secure a long term economic recovery and deliver prosperity for Britain. We need to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to do business and boost our competitiveness through reliable infrastructure, a flexible labour market and skills that are fit for the future growth of the economy.
I look forward to sharing my experience on a number of areas but particularly competing in international markets, sharing my experience of businesses’ role in education through the JCB Academy and developing a future workforce that are ready for the world of work.
In the East Midlands, we have membership spanning all sizes of firm and commercial sectors - from manufacturing and engineering to retail, leisure and professional services - the council truly is the voice of business in the East Midlands and I look forward to working with you all.