Anderson and Murray agreed about the different avenues of support which were available, and highlighted the rise in popularity of mentoring, upskilling and management training, notably through academia such as the Henley Business School and Cranfield School of Management.
Sanger: “If you want to succeed in business in the UK, you can. It’s an incredibly brilliant business environment. Our legislation is actually relatively light compared to other places like France or Scandinavia, or America where there is huge interference and every state seems to have different laws. The UK is genuinely a brilliant place to do business, since there are very few barriers to entry or starting a business. We now have a business friendly society where ‘entrepreneur’ is no longer a dirty word.”
Toby Johnson of UBS felt global issues such as Chinese economic rebalancing, EU concerns and Middle East unrest were affecting business sentiment and confidence. “The uncertainty puts pause to plans to invest and grow. That can then become self-fulfilling as businesses follow suit, and you can very quickly come to an economic malaise. There are plenty of things this year that have spooked the markets.”
“Do you worry about a Brexit?” asked Murray.
Ponan: “We do because we trade within Europe, and also the exchange rate was in our favour but has dropped off in the past few months.”
“So, your concerns are day to day within your individual market areas, rather than global issues?” queried Murray.
“It’s probably rather short sighted not to think globally these days considering just how connected the world we live in now is,” said Richey, “but I only worry about what I can control. Whatever else happens will happen, and then I’ll deal with it.”
Sanger: “Brexit is a concern for lots of reasons, but I am very confident it will be a stay-in vote, like it was for Scotland.”
Where will your business be in five years?
Edmunds: “Our five-year plan is about game-changing; how our customers use and value business development as a strategy within their organisation. Businesses are in a state of transition all the time and we see business development as a way of driving transformation in a business, and we’ll be doing a lot of thought leadership around that.”
Rees reiterated that Redwood was in a five to seven year scale-up phase, during which it would become a leading global cloud solution, contact and