As the political parties set out their manifestos ahead of the general election, the boss of a building, development and renewable energy group has offered some suggestions for economic policy.
Shortly before the election was called the government published a green paper – Building our Industrial Strategy – which set out a plan for future economic growth and development in post-Brexit UK. The green paper was a ‘consultation document’ on which individuals, companies and other organisations were invited to submit comments.
Karl Hick, CEO of The Larkfleet Group of Companies – based in Bourne, Lincolnshire – has read the green paper. He thinks there are many aspects which are either not given enough attention or are missing altogether. He has written to the government to respond to its request for comment and has set out his ideas in a guest blog on the Eastern New Home Buyer website at www.tiny.cc/seven-steps.
He has listed seven areas in which he thinks the green paper is “either silent or less than compelling” and in his blog he sets out his views on what needs to be done to address these issues.
Although the blog was written in direct reponse to the green paper he believes it offers sound advice to any would-be government.
Top of his list of seven priorities is productivity and education. He points out that productivity levels in this country are lower than in many of our major international competitors. He writes:
“Much of the problem, I believe, stems from poor education at the primary and secondary school level.
“We should be ensuring throughout the UK that boys and girls concentrate on science and maths courses. While the arts should not be completely neglected they ought to take far less precedence in our education system.
“That change needs to start now so that we can provide our future industry with engineers and practical people who can help to increase productivity. This cannot be done overnight. It needs a 10 to 15 year plan but we must begin now.”
Karl Hick’s list of seven topics for government to consider also includes skills development, immigration and the labour force, research and development, business support and taxation, energy, and regional equality.
He says in his blog: “As we head for Brexit it is important that we have a clear sense of direction and a plan for future economic growth.
“I also welcome the fact that the government has asked for views from a wide range of people. I hope it will give due weight to the opinions of those actually working in industry – the entrepreneurs, managers and workers who are creating wealth for the UK.”