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How can your voice be heard?

Martin Warren, Director for Wales & The South West, urges members to contribute to the political and economic debate.

The theme of my blogs in recent times has been heavily influenced by the “interesting times” that we have currently, headed by the specter of Brexit.

As Chartered Accountants we work across all private, public and third sectors in the South West managing, advising or governing organisations which contribute to the whole economy. Many of our number are influential and can directly input into the political debate but all of us have a stake in what is happening and a responsibility to let others know the issues we are facing and the needs that our economy has.

As ICAEW Director for South West England I don’t have access to Ministers and officials of the Government although I can air your views with Moorgate Place where some of those connections do exist, but only if I know what you would like to be said.

One way of gathering those views is through the well-established South West Strategy Board and the, soon to being created, Southern Strategy Board covering Dorset and Hampshire. If you are a senior executive running a business in the region and would like to participate in either of these I would love to hear from you. Alternatively you could feed views in directly to me.

As examples of things you could contribute to:

  1. The Competition and Markets Authority are always actively seeking intelligence about the competitive market and would like to know about any business practices which people are concerned may be distorting those markets or are anti-competitive. You can visit their website or contact me directly if you feel anything needs investigation.
  2. ICAEW is itself looking at the concerns being expressed around the country about Skills shortages and would like to accumulate intelligence. Answering questions like:
    (a) Is your business encountering shortages?
    (b) Is it sector or skill specific and across all experience levels?
    (c) Is it getting worse?
    (d) Are your competitors suffering too and therefore is there competition for staff?
    (e) What action are you taking and is it having an effect?
    (f) Will Brexit have an impact?
    (g) Could Government do anything to help?

If you would like to input your business’ experience then please drop me a line which I can ensure is incorporated into the study.

If we work together and contribute we might just get our voice heard and begin to make a difference.

Martin J Warren FCA
ICAEW Regional Director for the South West
martin.warren@icaew.com