BUSINESS Backs Lib Dems …

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Today the Financial Times published a letter from UK business leaders with an uncompromising heading:

To have the Lib Dems back in government is in the whole country’s interests

I have extracted a few excerpts from the letter, below. If you would like to read it in full, please go to: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/03f1cdd8-e485-11e4-a4de-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3XYx9yf00

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Sir,

As we approach the general election with the UK’s economy growing stronger, a record number of jobs and with living standards rising, it is easy to forget how far the country has come in the past five years.

In 2010, the UK and Greece had similar deficit levels; we were teetering on the brink of a complete economic disaster. It was widely asserted that the coalition would soon collapse and be the cause of uncertainty. But the opposite has been the case. We have had five years of stable government which has been good for business and has seen a steady improvement in the country’s fortunes. The coalition has achieved a tremendous amount in addition to economic recovery, notably in the areas of education, apprenticeships and pension reform.
In view of their track record in sustaining the present government and their positive role in it, we believe it is essential to have enough Liberal Democrat MPs in the new parliament to provide a clear and sensible voice for the centre ground.

If there is to be a new coalition government or other multi-party arrangement, we hope it will include the Liberal Democrats. We believe such an outcome is in the interests of the whole country.

Peter Bennett-Jones
Founder, Tiger Aspect

Andrew Dixon
CEO, ARC InterCapital

Helen Pitcher
Chair, Advanced Board Excellence

Richard Reed
Co-Founder, Innocent Drinks

Richard Steer
Chairman, Gleeds

Alice Weightman
Founder and CEO, The Work Crowd and Hanson Search

David Alliance
Co-founder, Coats plc

Alistair Arkley
Chairman, New Century Enterprises

Ray Auvray
Chairman, Prospects Group

Dennis Bacon
Chair, Norfolk Independent Care

Professor Chris Bones
Joint Managing Director, Good Growth Ltd

Anthony Bunker
Consultant, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Jules Coleman
Co-founder, hassle.com

Peter Crystal
Founder, Memery Crystal LLP

Stephen Dawson
Co-founder, Impetus Private Equity Fund

Alex Depledge
Co-founder, hassle.com

Alain Desmier
Founder, e-finity Leads

Dinesh Dhamija
Founder, Ebookers

Don Evans
Joint Managing Director, Springdew

Gi Fernando
Technology entrepreneur and investor

Craig Fletcher
Founder, Multiplay

John Forbes
Founder, John Forbes Consulting LLP

Ben Gateley
Co-founder, Eleven Enterprises

James Goddard-Watts
Owner, Group Silverline

Stephen Goldstein
Chairman, Alexander Stevens

James Hammersley
Joint Managing Director, Good Growth

Tony Harris
Entrepreneur

Ian Hudson
Deputy CEO, Penguin Random House

Sven Hughes
Founder, Verbalisation

Heather Jackson
Founder, An Inspirational Journey and The Balanced Business Forum

Sue Lawton
Global expert on women and enterprise

Paul Lucraft
Business advisor and entrepreneur

Tilly McAuliffe
Owner, Think Publishing

Surinder (Max) Mongia
Chairman, Strongfield Technologies

Turi Munthe
Founder, Demotix

Gary Noon
CEO, Clinical Insights

B J Ord
Chairman, John Livingston & Sons

Jo Owen
Social entrepreneur

James Palumbo
Chairman, Ministry of Sound

Robert Perlman
Chairman, CRU Group

Neil Phoenix
Founder, Conrad Phoenix Properties

Alex Proud
Founder, Proud Group

Richard Pym
Chairman, Allied Irish Bank

Raj Ramanandi
Founder, #1seed

Rodney Schwartz
CEO, Clearly So

Colin Sharman
Former chairman, Aviva Group and KPMG

Nick Silver
Director, Callund Consulting

Timothy Smit
Founder, Eden Project

Daniel Steel
Founder, Esdevium Games

Susan Tobbell
Director, MRH (GB)

Anthony Ullmann
Founder, Autofill Worldwide

Rumi Verjee
Founder, Domino’s Pizza

Jonathan Webbe
Director of International Trade and Development, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Mark Wilson
Managing Director, Taylor Rafferty

Andy Wood
CEO, Adnams

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