The Budget 2014: The Chief Executive

CEO of Newcastle-based company _Space Architecture, Rob Charlton, 44, from Gosforth is hoping for a business boost in the budget

Rob Charlton
Rob Charlton

CEO of Newcastle-based company _Space Architecture, Rob Charlton, 44, from Gosforth is hoping for a business boost in the budget.

The father-of-four would like to see investment in the North East of England, particularly in encouraging education for young people for the workplace. London is a like a country in its own right. That’s not London’s fault, but I’d like to see more focus on the regions.

In a time of expected economic growth, he also hopes that there will be steps to encourage business.

He says this is especially important to reinvest to bring benefits of this economic growth to all areas of the UK.

“The government gives with one hand and takes with the other.

“What business needs is stability.

“I like long-termism. We need some long-term thinking, not short-term answers.

“I would also like to see some incentive from The Chancellor to retain young people and skills in the North of England and fill the ever-growing skills gap.

“The government also needs to consider incentivising enterprise, whether this is achieved through advice and or rewards for growth, it is an issue that needs addressing. The reality is there is still a huge deficit – the market is better but there is no room for maneuver.

“I don’t think there will be a big change in taxation.

“The main issue for me is to see incentives for companies to invest in the regions outside of the capital – any proposals for growth need to look at the outer regions, rather than simply focusing on London.

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