12 October 2017

  |  CBI Press Team

Press release

Speaking up on skills vital to help next generation

Speaking up for skills matters to the future of UK plc, businesses leaders will hear at the CBI South West Annual Dinner this evening (Thursday).

Speaking up on skills vital to help next generation

Hundreds of business leaders will gather at Bristol’s Marriott Hotel this evening to celebrate the achievements of South West businesses at an event sponsored by Santander, University of Plymouth and Burges Salmon.

Karl Tucker, Yeo Valley Managing Director and Chair of CBI South West Food and Drink Council, will say:

“This is a time the business community must be influencing the debate. It is not a time to be passive. Having a voice matters to your business, your staff, and customers. It matters to the future success of UK plc.

“And for me, like many of you, skills are at the heart of our success. It is a subject we must all put the spotlight on. Attracting the best talent from around the world to join our teams whether in creative industries or aerospace is business critical. And filling labour shortages is an imperative for the dairy industry as it is the tourism sector. We also need to ensure we have an immigration system that continues to make the UK an attractive and welcoming place to live and work.

“Equally important is supporting the next generation. The CBI as do I, believes business has a responsibility to support our schools, colleges and universities, preparing young people to be successful, happy and economically independent. They deserve and should have a brighter future, and we have a responsibility to make that happen.”

Deborah Waddell, CBI South West Director, will say:

“By improving productivity, we can help raise living standards right across the South West. Therefore priorities for firms based here include improving education, fueling inward investment in energy and infrastructure, incentivising innovation and promoting competitiveness.”

Speaking at the CBI South West Annual Dinner, David Shalliday, Santander UK Regional Director, will say:

“From Cornwall to Clifton to Cirencester, the South West hosts an impressive array of companies competing both nationally and globally.

“Our backing helps these firms to achieve their ambitions, helping share prosperity right across the UK by investing and creating jobs along the way.”