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Young people encouraged to think global at launch of Derby and East Midlands 'FutureStory.'

Published: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:19:58

Young people from the East Midlands met leading figures from business and Government today (Mon March 15 2010) to discuss how they can forge successful careers in “the global age”.

Globalisation – the opening up of markets that allows businesses to trade around the world – is transforming the region’s economy and its jobs market, and the Government wants to help young people to equip themselves with the right skills.

A cross-Government task force, set up by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, launched a series of books in regions across the UK to illustrate exactly what globalisation means to people living and working in our towns and cities.

Today, one of the world’s best known companies – Rolls-Royce, in Derby – was venue for an event to publicise this region’s publication: FutureStory Derby and the East Midlands.

The event drew students from the University of Derby, academics, entrepreneurs and Government representatives.

Minister for the East Midlands Phil Hope MP said:

“You just have to look at those international companies based in this region – Rolls-Royce, Speedo and Pepsi to name a few – to see how globalisation is helping to employ many thousands of people across the East Midlands.

“Alongside those large multi-national companies, you have hundreds of smaller businesses the length and breadth of the region which are inventing new technologies and taking advantage of digital technologies to serve customers around the world.

“It is essential in this global age, therefore, that our young people are ready as they embark on their careers to take advantage of the exciting opportunities on offer.”

FutureStory, which illustrates how globalisation is changing the lives of people in six cities around the country, was produced by the Talent and Enterprise Taskforce.

It features a book and DVD highlighting successes on the world stage achieved by the public, private and voluntary sectors.

FutureStory Derby and the East Midlands charts how the region has built on an impressive history of achievement, including the inventions of the jet engine and DNA fingerprinting, to become a world leader in the transport industry.

Lucy Parker, who chairs the Talent and Enterprise Taskforce, said:

         “Britain’s cities have always depended on enterprising people and innovative businesses for their success.  With increasing global competition, 
          this is truer than ever.

“So the ‘future story’ of Derby and the rest of the East Midlands is all about identifying the building blocks for future growth to help us create the jobs and industries of the future.” 

Other companies featured in the book include international manufacturer Penine Health, which employs nearly 300 people in Derby.

Liz Fothergill, who runs the family business, says:

          “Certainly we see ourselves as part of a global market. There are the multinationals and then there are the smaller companies like ourselves.

“And I think we all have something to gain from globalisation. And, of course, those now emerging markets, in themselves, are becoming important.”

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