These councils have had real impact, leading to a number of policies which have already been implemented in quite a short timeframe, such as an improvement to the Leeds to Manchester rail link that was announced in the summer.
As we approach the 2020s with a decisive Government, there is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to recast the approach of how the top levels of Government and business engage. This new structure could allow the Prime Minister to harness some of the best business and scientific minds, and allow business leaders to have real input into strategic Government policy making. Together they can tackle some of the most challenging aspects of the 2020s.
三级成人视频On Monday 3rd February, the first working day after Britain has left the European Union, the Prime Minister should throw open the door to Downing Street, invite 200 business leaders in and ask them to brainstorm on what the country needs in the decade ahead.
三级成人视频He should invite them from all over the country and the world. There is amazing talent on hand. People such as Ben Francis, the 26-year-old entrepreneur from Solihull who has built a £120m gymwear business; Graeme Malcolm, whose firm M Squared is leading the way in quantum research and lasers from Glasgow; and Izzy Obeng, who has created Foundervine, which is inspiring entrepreneurs from black and ethnic minority communities across the UK. Put all these brilliant minds in a room for a day and get them to pitch at the PM and Chancellor what they want and need from Government.
三级成人视频The Prime Minister should then restructure his councils around the great challenges of the next decade, as opposed to sectors, where the Government will need business to help achieve its aims. Boris Johnson may have campaigned and won on the slogan of “get Brexit done”, but make no mistake, he will want to harness the opportunities of Brexit and the ways it can benefit the blue wall of seats he has won in the North.
三级成人视频Bold challenges that could be explored – the future of work, sustainability, and how to reinvigorate the British High Street – should be led from the top down by him. The Prime Minister has personal interest in all of these areas and he could get business leaders fired up like no other.
There is also an international challenge. Emmanuel Macron has laid it on pretty thick with chief executives since his election. Barely a week went by in the three years I was in Downing Street during which I didn’t get a phone call saying, “you’ll never guess who the French President has had over this week”, as he courted businesses to move across the Channel. Fair play to Macron and his remarkable legionnaire of business advisers too. We rolled out the red carpet for French compaines when Francois Hollande put up extraordinary high levels of tax. All is fair in love, war, business and Brexit, you might say.
However, there is now an opportunity for Downing Street to fight back. It has the ability to convene and spotlight impressive companies, and Boris can encapsulate a refreshing sense of entrepreneurial optimism as we look towards life outside the EU.
To come back to the regions where the PM will have relentless focus, he should begin a monthly pitch at 10 Downing Street, asking the brightest entrepreneurs from across the UK to come in and present their business ideas to himself, as well as investors, and potentially pairing them up with mentors.
The best ideas should then be invited to an international showcase for global businesses – it could almost be a royal variety-style show for British firms. What better way to showcase the opportunities of Brexit Britain, to the country but also the world?
Jimmy McLoughlin is a former adviser to Theresa May and Boris Johnson, working in Downing Street between 2016-2019