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Stephen Archer is a speaker with great charisma. By using illustrations and personal experiences and not being afraid to share his own point of view of the current situation and who is to blame for it, he engages the whole audience, at the same time helping us all to understand the credit crunch a little better.

— Warwick Business School

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What would happen if the UK was run as a Business?

So in a business we have things to sell and the resources to produce them. Then we have to find customers and be able to deliver the goods.

You also have Finance (the exchequer) Legal (Lord Chancellor), Transport (got one of those after a fashion..), Foreign Office (Marketing ),  HR (Home Office and NHS)  Security (MOD)  Research and Development (DTI) Training (Education) .

The mission; to create wealth through adding value using  30 million working staff members who are healthy, educated, motivated and efficient whilst out performing China, the USA and Germany etc. – tough competition.

The desired outcome – profit (unlike the current annual loss of circa £140 Billion)

Let’s just unpick this, its elementary. The UK must trade in profit. We are a giant PLC but how many people see it that way? If they don’t see it and that includes the politicians, then what hope is there of a turn around?

The odd thing is this; we used to view ourselves as a trading nation. This element has slipped dangerously from our psyche.  Leadership, especially 1997 onwards has failed horribly to harness our resources and develop our skills. Ultimately it has failed to lead the team of 40 million to the economic ‘broad sunlit uplands’.

Getting it done is not easy, but without the precept it will be much harder…

What would the man in the street say that this government’s precept is? Deficit cutting, fairer society, big society? You will not hear many people say ‘positive balance of payments’ . Yet, this is what will enable everything else.

What would you do as CEO of the UK?


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