Cardiff City Region really is the way forward

Posted: April 25, 2012 in Business/Cardiff News, Opinion
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I was delighted to read Iestyn Davies, head of external affairs of Federation of Small Business in Wales, writing in today’s Western Mail on the much-needed city region approach for Cardiff, which could do so much to boost the Welsh economy. 

This is such an important issue and extremely topical, as Keith Jones, Chairman of Julian Hodge Bank emphasised in his closing speech at last night’s excellent Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics annual lecture. The speaker, Professor Nicholas Crafts of Warwick University, gave a thought-provoking lecture on the lessons learnt from our two previous recessions in the 1930’s and 1980’s.

So much is out of the control of our politicians and leaders, such as the Eurozone crisis or events in the USA. However it does appear to me that if there is a genuine willingness in our community from all interested – politicians of all parties, the media, civil servants, business, the general public – to embrace this obvious way forward for Cardiff and South East Wales, then we can make it happen.

I really do hope that the Welsh Government’s City Region Task and Finish group, chaired by Dr Elizabeth Haywood, examines this issue quickly and concludes its report so that the recommended actions can be adopted without further delay.

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