We look at the latest numbers from the ONS and see what it means for your business.
The recent figures from the UK based Office for National Statistics (ONS) – says two things. They are interesting because they show that; – first, whilst we have persuaded it would appear, less EU residents to come base their life in the UK – it is the EU newcomers and residents who have come and who do come, who are the most work hungry and already have jobs. It is the Non-EU visitors, who are the most likely to come as a family, and then “look for work”.
The importance is that Brexit was based on a fear of immigration. but as the following example will show – we have succeeded only in turing away those residents who are actually contributing to our own UK economy – and in doing so, we have marginalised ourselves in the UK.
I saw this only this week, in an NHS Clinic, where I was fortunate to have surgery; the majority of nurses, surgeons, Consultants, etc – were European. The quality of care was second to none. But individually, they spoke to me with a sense of sadness – they loved the tolerance and relaxed and positive attitude of our society.
This resonates with meetings I had just last week – in international Conferences in Sweden, and in France – where separately, but by happenstance – senior delegates and vendors said to me:
“Look – we have been serious about entering the UK and building a new business there – but we no longer believe that YOU are serious”.
The impression we are giving as UK businesses, is that we do not value the people, and therefore we do not value the market – in Europe.
The question is – how to stop that?
The answer is one of face/face meetings. We find that “showing seriousness” means getting on a plane. We have never lost a deal because we were, or were not, part of some political club. But we have indeed lost deals, by not bothering to reach out to our international customers – who do seem more than willing to work with us.