Business Leaders Back Prime Minister on Europe

eu flagA group of business leaders have offered their support to the Prime Minister’s vision for a new relationship with Europe.

They, including a number of Chief Executives from a wide range of industries, said that the Prime Minister’s plan for a reformed relationship with Europe gave Britain the ‘best chance of success’.

In a letter (below) to the Times newspaper, the group stressed that the proposals put Britain on the right track: ‘Now is our chance to reform the EU from within.  The Prime Minister is right.  This is a European policy that will be good for business and good for jobs in Britain.’

The message was delivered on the day that David Cameron set out his commitment to the UK maintaining its position as a full, committed and active member of the EU and the Single Market.

The Prime Minister said that he was ‘delighted’ with the level of business support.

Sir,
As business leaders, we are passionate about this country’s growth and prosperity.  Britain is a trading nation and we agree with the Prime Minister that our best chance of success is as part of a reformed Europe.  We need a new relationship with the EU, backed by democratic mandate.

Over recent years, business has seen more and more burdens from Brussels.  And the promise of a true single market in Europe has not yet been fully realised.

The euro crisis has created the circumstances for a new EU settlement.  This is the moment to push for a more competitive, flexible and prosperous European Union that would bring more jobs and growth for all member states.  That means finally completing the Single Market and quashing the culture of endless bureaucracy and red tape.

Now is our chance to reform the EU from within.  The Prime Minister is right.  This is a European policy that will be good for business and good for jobs in Britain.

This letter is signed in a personal capacity.
John Ayton                     Chairman, Bremont Watch Company
Sir Anthony Bamford     Chairman, JCB
Sir John Beckwith          Chairman, Pacific Investments
Samir Brikho                  Chief Executive, AMEC
William Butler-Adams    Managing Director, Brompton Bicycles
Stephen Catlin               Chief Executive, Catlin Group Limited
Ian Cheshire                  Chief Executive, Kingfisher plc
Andrew Coppel              Chief Executive, De Vere Group
Gerald Corbett               Chairman, Betfair, moneysupermarket.com and Britvic
Mick Davis                     Chief Executive, Xstrata
Philip Dilley                    Chairman, Arup
Paul Drechsler               Chief Executive, Wates Group
Ralph Findlay                 Chief Executive, Marston’s
Rupert Gavin                 Chief Executive, Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group
Ben Gordon                   Non Executive Director, Britvic
Michael Gutman             Chief Executive, Westfield Group (UK & Europe)
Lord Harris                    Chairman, Carpetright
Aidan Heavey                Chief Executive, Tullow Oil
Robert Hiscox                Chairman, Hiscox
Brent Hoberman            Chairman, made.com
Sebastian James          Chief Executive, Dixons Retail plc
Luke Johnson                Chairman, Risk Capital Partners
Andrew Law                  Chairman and Chief Executive, Caxton Associates
Lord Leach                    Chairman, Open Europe
Alistair McGeorge         Chairman, New Look
Jon Moulton                  Chairman, Better Capital
Charlie Mullins              Chief Executive, Pimlico Plumbers
Jamie Murray Wells     Chairman, Glasses Direct
John Nelson                 Chairman, Hammerson and Lloyds of London
Richard Nichols            Chief Executive, College Group
Tim Oliver                      Chairman and Founder, Hampden Holdings
David Ord                      Managing Director, The Bristol Port Company
Alan Parker                   Chairman, Brunswick
Sir John Peace             Chairman, Burberry, Experian and Deputy Chairman, Standard Chartered
Tony Pidgely                  Chairman, Berkeley Group Holdings
Sir John Ritblat              Chairman, Delancey
Nick Robertson             Chief Executive Officer, ASOS
Sir Simon Robertson    Chairman, Rolls Royce and Deputy Chairman, HSBC
Xavier Rolet                  Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange
Sir Stuart Rose             Chairman, Blueway
Joanna Shields             Chief Executive, Tech City Investment Organisation
Michael Spencer           Chief Executive, ICAP
Tim Steiner                    Chief Executive and Founder, Ocado Group
James Townshend       Chief Executive, Velcourt Group
Ted Tuppen                   Chief Executive, Enterprise Inns
Moni Varma                   Chairman and Managing Director, Veetee
Paul Walsh                    Chief Executive, Diageo
Robert Walters              Chief Executive, Robert Walters
Joseph Wan                  Chief Executive, Harvey Nichols
Tom Wells                     Vice Chairman, Charles Wells Pub Co
Nick Wheeler                 Chief Executive, Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts
Bob Wigley                    Chairman, Stonehaven
Charles Wigoder           Chairman, Utility Warehouse
Lord Wolfson                 Chief Executive, Next plc

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