LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to meet more regularly with business leaders by her former director of policy, the Financial Times reported.
John Godfrey said there was a “degree of mutual incomprehension” between May and the business world and proposed she meets a variety of executives every three months.
“There is a shortage of business experience at the heart of government, still sometimes a degree of mutual incomprehension,” Godfrey, who left after last month’s election, said in comments reported in the FT.
David Davis, the Brexit minister, and Greg Clark, the business secretary, will meet with business groups on Friday to discuss how the process of leaving the European Union is affecting their industries.
Industry leaders have expressed concerns about May’s desire to pursue a hard Brexit, which would take the UK out of the single market and reduce immigration.
Business groups have said that tougher immigration restrictions have the potential to hamper access to talented workers from overseas. The government has committed to cut net immigration to fewer than 100,000 in the wake of Brexit, down from 273,000 in 2016.
“We have a much much higher degree of integration of our businesses within Europe than we do in any other part of the world, and [this is about] the ability to move people around quickly onto a construction project or to make a television programme or to work on a legal project. We are a services-based economy and people are our currency,” Carolyn Fairbairn, Confederation of British Industry’s director general, said last month.
A lack of skilled job candidates is costing companies around £2.2 billion in higher salaries and recruitment costs, according to a report from the Open University.