Lord Jones praises ‘collegiate approach’

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THE “collegiate” approach adopted by many Yorkshire companies will help them to succeed in export markets, according to former CBI Director General Lord Digby Jones.

However, Lord Jones expressed outrage at the levels of adult illiteracy and innumeracy in the UK, which he said was making it harder for small firms to find skilled staff. Lord Jones - who is the star of the BBC TV series The New Troubleshooter - made the comments during a visit to Leeds to attend a private dinner.

According to Lord Jones, British manufacturing firms have to add value in order to be competitive in global markets.

He said: “You’ve got to be associated with trust and quality, and Yorkshire is good at that. You’ve got to be innovative. You’ve got to have ideas which you can take to market.

“That actually isn’t just the preserve of manufacturing. Services industries can be innovative. In the public sector, you can be innovative.”

Lord Jones, who has also served as a Trade Minister, said he wanted to encourage more Yorkshire firms to become involved in exports.

He added: “There’s quite a good collegiate feel in Yorkshire about small business and that’s nice to see.”

To see video of the interview with Lord Jones, visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/video

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