Despite what UKIP and other Little Englanders might say to the contrary, travel broadens the mind.
You might know that famous quote that summed up how Britain saw, if not the rest of the world, Europe: ‘Fog in the Channel, Continent cut off.’ I had thought it came from some Victorian diplomat but in fact it was earlier; a headline in the London Times in 1957.
No matter what happens next May with the General Election, the world will go on and according to the Roto Frank Conference in Venice last week, not without its headaches.
The event was a chance for the German owned company to congratulate itself on a relatively successful year. This was despite what the Chief Executive, Eckhard Keill, saying was “weak year for markets”. His prediction that 2015 will see further declines in different sectors, cannot go unnoticed, although he was confident that Roto would outperform the competition and snap up market share.
Compared with two years ago, the way the UK was viewed by Roto had improved. In Barcelona at the Seventh International Trade Press Day, Britain, in not a basket case, was portrayed as lacking direction and performance. Now, Keill told the press that he wished that some other countries in Europe adopted the model that the UK had.
MyTradeTV will be looking at this and other observations in the November e-zine but it should be noted that if a successful German owned, multinational company takes this view of the sectors in which it operates, we would do well to recognise that we are not out of the woods yet.
Caption We can’t afford to regard the rest of Europe like a Times’ headline once declared: ‘Fog in the Channel, Continent cut off.’