I founded Connoco Group in 2008 from my bedroom. We now employ more than 500 staff in 9 countries. My business interests cover the Entertainment, Manufacturing, Residential and Commercial Property, and the Hair and Beauty sectors. I invest in new businesses from growth to sale.
In a post Brexit world we need to remain a hub for dynamic innovate start-ups. If we are not careful and Corbyn has his way, private business will become the enemy of the state and the only good job going will be one working for the government. The big players in the gig economy need to develop a positive narrative otherwise they might find themselves inadvertently helping Corbyn into Number Ten. And we know that story won't have a happy ending for UK Plc.
Whilst we can never run the public sector exactly like a business, it can adopt many of its key values such as accountability, transparency and efficiency. If it does this, then the robots just might not take over.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already started. It's set to revolutionise the way we work and the businesses and industries of the future, from artificial intelligence to driverless cars, 3D printing to quantam computing, the speed of breakthroughs and change will be transformative.
Despite the climate of flux and uncertainty over Brexit we need to convey to the rest of the world that we are a dynamic pro-business country open for business and a magnet for the best entrepreneurial talent.
The work is by no means over. An analysis of the election result could just as easily conclude that it was the Conservatives alienating older voters with policies attacking their houses and winter fuel payments that lost them the election. And while Jeremy Corbyn attracted a large youth vote, he still fell well short of being able to form a government.
As I write this Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap General Election for 8th June. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Get out and vote on 8th June and make sure the concerns of your generation hold just as much importance as those of the older generation to the next Government.
It was the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke who argued that private property was the basis of social order, an incentive to hard work and a route to national prosperity. Burke also believed that widespread access to acquiring property would act as powerful check on the power of the state and elites.
We need to go back to the very basics. We need to do more to encourage human interaction in the workplace. Turn the internal email off for the day, limit the use of mobile phones, and make people not the internet your first reference point when hammering out solutions to complex problems.
14/03/2017 11:59 GMT
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