"Many people claim to be the voice of business, but few speak as clearly and as forcefully as Digby. This book is a punchy, passionate and powerful defence of the role of enterprise in our society. It′s badly needed in this age of unreason."
George Osborne MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer 2010 16
A CALL TO ACTION FOR LEADERS IN BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA.
In Fixing Business, the "face of British Business" Lord Digby Jones rolls up his sleeves to demonstrate why profit isn′t a dirty word it′s how you spend it that matters most. In the straightforward delivery he′s famous for, Digby brilliantly contextualises the fundamental, driving role of Business in Society and how the relationship has deteriorated to near catastrophic levels. Businesses in every sector and geographic area have an opportunity to pave a way into the future where profit creation is heralded for its part in improving health care, education, employment, poverty and taxes. Lord Digby Jones tells you exactly how to be a socially–inclusive leader who:
- Makes big, smart investments in physical and human infrastructure.
- Gives top priority to funding education and environmental conservation.
- Understands how and why social inclusion will be fundamental in our future businesses.
Fixing Business is the inspiring guidebook for leaders ready to step out from the crowd and prove that profitable businesses do lead to a better way of life.
"How refreshing...an expert who writes precisely the way he talks: with candour, professionalism and wit. This should be required reading in every boardroom and for every politician. It wouldn′t harm to put it into sixth forms, colleges and universities too!"
Nick Ferrari, Broadcaster
"The name Lord Digby Jones is synonymous with Business. His great passion for Business and Society comes through in Fixing Business and now, more than ever, we need to ensure that both work hand in hand. An inspirational book and a great read. Digby has an amazing personality that shines though in this book, reflecting the views of a remarkable man."
Dame Kelly Holmes DBE MBE (mil), Double Olympic Champion, Businesswoman and President of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
1 Something is Wrong and it s Everybody s Business 1
2 Where the Battle is Being Lost: Fixing the Reputation of Business 27
3 Achieving Socially Inclusive Wealth Creation 57
4 Harnessing the Power of Education, Training and Skills 85
5 Protecting the Environment: An Essential Priority 113
6 The Boardroom: Executive Pay and the Gulf between Big and Small Business 131
7 Dealing with a Post–BrexitWorld 149
8 What s Next? 167
About the Author 191