It is clear from this post placed on LinkedIn earlier today by Andrew Churchill of JJ Churchill that the meeting which took place on Wednesday at Downing Street was a good one, at least as far as Andrew and Theresa are concerned. The post on LinkedIn provided a link to this website which explains “PM Theresa May hosted the first meeting of her Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council at Downing Street.” and goes on in 221 words to explain the following (the only words missing are the names of those in attendance): “This afternoon, the Prime Minister hosted the first meeting of her Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council at Downing Street…The Prime Minister welcomed the members … She provided an update on Brexit, following the votes on the next steps in the Commons…They discussed a range of opportunities and policy issues that are critical to these industries and spoke about how we can work together to implement change that will improve the productivity and competitiveness of companies of all sizes across the UK. Areas of discussion included skills and training, both in the workplace and in education, and the role of technology in improving productivity, infrastructure and investment. They also spoke about the importance of engaging with young people about business and its importance on their lives and our economy. All looked ahead to exploring and taking forward their ideas further before their next meeting.”
So what is clearly missing is a more extensive series of notes that outline what was said and what ideas the members intend to raise at the next meeting. This would then allow those of us who were not invited to participate to add our ideas to the pot so that that the 13 members of this very exclusive group are able to benefit from the views of a much wider selection of people involved in businesses that will be cover a wider range of sizes and will have much wider views about the key issues.