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Business leaders back Prime Minister on Europe

Wednesday, January 23 2013

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A 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 tonight 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

Sir George Buckley        Chairman, Arle Capital

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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