Video: National business leader says Milton Keynes is a “fabulous seedbed for growth”

Milton Keynes is well placed to lead the country into a period of economic growth, according to the leader of bosses’ organisation the CBI.

Director-general John Cridland was in the new city to speak to an audience at Milton Keynes College, in Chaffron Way, on the subject of The Business of Education, where he encouraged firms to help inspire the next generation of young people.

John Cridland, director-general of the CBI

John Cridland, director-general of the CBI

“Milton Keynes is a fabulous seedbed for growth,” said Mr Cridland in an interview with He said companies are coming to Milton Keynes because of its transport links and connectivity with the rest of the country.

He also praised Milton Keynes College for connecting with businesses and wants firms to help schools, especially primary schools, to inspire young people. He urged firms to give work experience, show off their inspiring products and services and get involved with the education system.

“Money makes the world go round,” said Mr Cridland. “But you can’t build happiness with money. You build happiness with inspiration.”

As far as the general economy goes, he declined to use the phrase “green shoots” to characterise a recovery but he believes the “trajectory” is clear. He believes the economy will grow by 1 per cent this year and 2 per cent in 2014.