Ex-CBI supremo gives last speech

Pictured (from left) Michael Pace (Andrew & Co Solicitors), Martin Dalby (Center Parcs), Adrian Reynolds (Duncan & Toplis), John Cridland CBE, Tim Godson (Duncan & Toplis).
Pictured (from left) Michael Pace (Andrew & Co Solicitors), Martin Dalby (Center Parcs), Adrian Reynolds (Duncan & Toplis), John Cridland CBE, Tim Godson (Duncan & Toplis).

Former Boston man John Cridland had given his last speech as a representative of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Mr Cridland, who retired from his director-general role at the CBI last month, addressed more than 160 East Midlands business leaders at the Duncan & Toplis Directors’ Briefing at Belton Woods Hotel, near Grantham, last Friday.

It was Mr Cridland’s final CBI speaking engagement before it was announced on the following Monday that he has been appointed the first Chair of Transport for the North, a new body created to help transform transport connectivity across the so-called Northern Powerhouse - a drive to close the economic gap between north and south.

The former Boston Grammar School pupil expressed optimism about the British economy at the briefing and described the UK education system as the ‘Achilles heel’ of economic growth.

The event also saw Minister of State for Skills Nick Boles MP for Grantham and Stamford outline the Government’s Productivity Plan, which aims to ensure the value of Government investment in apprenticeships.

Adrian Reynolds, Managing Director at Duncan & Toplis, said: “It was fantastic to see the room so full with businesses from right across the East Midlands and we are delighted by delegates’ feedback that they found the speakers to be of exceptional quality.

“The title of this year’s event was ‘Leading the Pack’ and our influential speakers advised our audience on how businesses can lead from the front and take full advantage of the brightening economic outlook.”

Delegates at the seventh annual briefing also heard from: Stuart Green of Stuart J. Green Digital Engineering; Kate Nowicki, area director of Acas East Midlands; Michael Pace, of Andrew & Co Solicitors; Neil Parker, FX market strategist at RBS; Ingle Dawson, head of professional services at Kaplan; and Martin Dalby, CEO at Center Parcs.