McIntyre encourages bringing jobs back to Europe

28-Jan-2015 @ 17:30

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Anthea McIntyre, chairman of the ECR working group on Better Regulation and Re-shoring, today hosted a round table discussion on how to bring jobs back to Europe.

The round table discussion consisted of five panellists, all of whom have years of business expertise, particularly in re-shoring.

Speaking at the working group, Miss McIntyre identified the many topics covered in the hearing, saying: "We have discussed energy costs and stability of supply, the importance of matching skills with the needs of business and especially the so called STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Members have talked about apprenticeships and we must do more to make apprenticeships attractive to school leavers. We must persuade parents, and especially mothers, that an apprenticeship can provide the opening to a rewarding career. Enterprise and entrepreneurship should be encouraged in schools and across Europe. We need to have a flexible workforce.

"We have heard calls for a reduction in red-tape and a speeding up of decision-making from business people who have already re-shored production to Europe. Here is an area where the UK is leading the way and we can encourage other countries in Europe to benefit.  

"Re-shoring can be Europe's employment success story of the next ten years. Not only will new employment opportunities be created, but jobs which have left Europe for a more friendly  business environment will return home."

One panellist, Tony Caldeira, Managing Director of Caldeira Ltd – the UK's market leading cushion company – welcomed Miss McIntyre's words, adding: "Britain is in a good place to do that [re-shoring] right now. I think it's a country that's open for business; I think it's more business friendly than it was under the last government. It's a good place to do business.

"I think it's regulation and its taxation levels have made a big part of the decision-making process about bringing work back to the UK and I think lessons can be learned from the relative success of the UK. Although there's still lots of work that needs to be done, I think lessons can be learned throughout the EU [from the UK]."

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