The Welsh business community has been reacting to Edwina Hart’s appointment as Minister for Business, Enterpriseand Technology.
Head of the Institute of Directors Robert Lloyd Griffiths says Ms. Hart is experienced and has a reputation for getting things done. He believes it’s encouraging that her job actually includes the word ‘business’ in the title as it signals the Welsh Assembly Government’s recognition of the importance of business to the new administration.
South Wales Chamber of Commerce is calling for a business summit with the new minister. Managing Director David Russ says key business players can help create an effective economic strategy for growth in Wales. The SWCC is urging the minister to encourage exports, innovation and better communication between the public and private sectors.
With GVA and prosperity in Wales the lowest in any UK nation or region, the Minister has certainly got plenty of work to do.
Meanwhile, South Wales Chamber of Commerce is launching its Business Awards on Tuesday. Now in their 10th year, and supported by the University Of Glamorgan, the awards celebrate business excellence.
Wales has certainly got talent – last year’s winner, Abriox, from Newport, went onto win the overall UK Chamber Award. Get your applications in!