While the UK’s politicians are bickering among themselves and doing nothing to calm our uncertainty, business leaders need to take note of Bank of England governor Mark Carney and provide the voice of stability. This was according to Real Business columnist Jan Cavelle in a recent article.
She further added: “Every single politician is jumping on a self-interested band stand, calling for the disposal of a current incumbent above and/or threatening to their current personal political career. This stretches from the Blairites timing of a long planned move against Corbyn, to the outrageous behaviour of Wee Willie Sturgeon and her side kick Salmond. But in all the disgusting performances among the fallout, there are of course exceptions. I have never admired Carney more.”
This was agreed upon by Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins, who explained that while politicians argued among themselves about the next prime minster, business leaders “have to do what they do best, get their heads down and work hard“. And only Carney so far has injected some confidence back into the UK workforce.
It’s been suggested that the “keep calm and carry on” leadership style displayed by Carney was particularly needed in London – the city was an avid “stay” voter.
This is a mindset London mayor Sadiq Khan is looking to push by penning a letter to London firms that the capital is open for businesses and that foreign nationals will always be welcomed.
Here’s the letter in full:
“London has one of the most open and dynamic economies in the world. Our city is a global financial capital, a creative powerhouse and an international centre for business. We are home to an incredible mix of innovation and entrepreneurship.
“The UK’s decision to leave the EU was not the result that London wanted. But my clear message to our friends from across the world is that our great city is open to you all.
“London will continue to be the successful city it is today. It will continue to be the best place in the world to do business and will always be outward-looking, trading and engaging with the entire world – including the European Union. Its fundamental strengths, its deep international talent pool, its global trading links and its cosmopolitan, vibrant culture will always remain intact.
“Our city is home to more than one million foreign nationals, who make a huge contribution to our city – working hard, paying taxes and contributing to our civic and cultural life. They will always be welcome here. We value the enormous contribution they make to our city and that will not change as a result of the recent referendum.
“London is open for business. We are a truly global city. Last year, more people than ever before opted to visit London, to sample the best of our capital and the best of Britain. London’s enduring attraction for tourists and investors is that it has something for everyone and an appeal that will always extend across the globe.
“I am absolutely determined to build alliances to ensure that London is open to the world for decades to come.
“Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.”
Meanwhile, having taken the job of London mayor in May, Sadiq Khan has begun assembling his leadership team – with financial technology entrepreneur Rajesh Agrawal the latest to be hired.
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