IN THEIR OWN WORDS, TOP BOSSES WHO BACK THE UK

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LORD DEIGHTON CHAIRMAN, HEATHROW AIR­PORT (76,600 STAFF)

‘The ap­petite from Chi­nese air­lines and busi­nesses and tourists to come into Lon­don is huge. That’s just busi­ness wait­ing for us to tap. And the other big emerg­ing mar­kets are the same. A big part of the ex­pan­sion we hope to achieve will be go­ing to the non-EU mar­kets. They will be key for us to be suc­cess­ful in to make Brexit work.’

SIR JAMES DYSON FOUNDER, DYSON (3,500)

‘I’m enor­mously op­ti­mistic. Look­ing out­wards to the rest of the world is very, very im­por­tant be­cause that’s the fast-grow­ing bit.’

JAMES YEOMANS FOUNDER, HOP STUFF BREW­ERY (30)

‘You have to take ad­van­tage of any op­por­tu­nity you can. The pound fall­ing was happy days for us. Brexit is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity. I’m of the opin­ion that where there is change there is op­por­tu­nity. This is a really strong trad­ing coun­try. It al­ways has been and it will be in the fu­ture. The de­mand for Bri­tish prod­ucts around the world is not go­ing to go away. I’m in­cred­i­bly op­ti­mistic, I just wish we could hurry up and get on with it.’

NEIL KUSCHEL UK VICE-PRES­I­DENT OF SALES, DHL EX­PRESS (43,500)

‘Exports out­side the EU are grow­ing at four times the rate of those in­side the EU. It’s a big world out there. There is no such thing as no deal in my mind. It just means World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion rules and that is not as scary as some peo­ple have been mak­ing it out.’

JES STALEY CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, BAR­CLAYS (46,400)

‘I don’t be­lieve the Euro­pean fi­nance sys­tem will leave the City of Lon­don. There are all sorts of rea­sons why I think the UK will con­tinue to be the fi­nan­cial lungs for Europe.’

RAHUL KALE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BUSI­NESS DI­REC­TOR, TYPHOO (250)

‘We are a very pos­i­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion, we see plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are sell­ing a Bri­tish brand and a Bri­tish life­style – and there is al­ways go­ing to be de­mand for that, Brexit or no Brexit. Bri­tain is known for qual­ity, for re­li­a­bil­ity and there is a lot more we can do. There’s a great fu­ture for Bri­tish busi­nesses. Brexit does not change the game. Our largest mar­ket is North Amer­i­can, the United States and Canada, so trade with them is very im­por­tant to us.’

SAN­JEEV GUPTA OWNER, STEEL GIANT LIB­ERTY HOUSE (4,500)

‘There is a great op­por­tu­nity for steel and engi­neer­ing in Bri­tain and I think, if any­thing, Brexit will deepen that de­sire and that op­por­tu­nity. Ev­ery­thing in life which is a chal­lenge is also an op­por­tu­nity – ev­ery­thing has two sides to the coin – and I see Brexit as a push to Bri­tish in­dus­try to be bet­ter. If you take the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try – half of the sup­ply chain is im­ported: as we be­come an in­de­pen­dent, free­stand­ing coun­try in our own right, we will want to have se­cu­rity of sup­ply, which will be an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest and grow.’

TIM MAR­TIN FOUNDER, WETHERSPOONS (37,000)

‘Ham­mond is much too gloomy. He’s act­ing like a blocker in these ne­go­ti­a­tions as a re­sult of his neg­a­tive ap­proach.’

ROBERT WAL­TERS FOUNDER, HEAD-HUNTERS ROBERT WAL­TERS (3,000)

‘I’ve not seen any job cre­ation of any sig­nif­i­cance at all in Frank­furt or Am­s­ter­dam or Dublin or Paris. A lot of peo­ple don’t want to move.’

ADAM MAR­SHALL DI­REC­TOR-GEN­ERAL, BRI­TISH CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

‘We are very pos­i­tive about our fu­ture be­cause we know we have great com­pa­nies, whether we are in the EU or not. But if that fu­ture is not built on a bedrock of con­fi­dence in our busi­nesses, we will fail. I think Bri­tish busi­nesses have that con­fi­dence in spades.’

EL­IZ­A­BETH GOOCH CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, TECH FIRM EG SO­LU­TIONS (68)

‘If you are try­ing to im­ple­ment a change, you’ve got to get on with it. We all have to get be­hind Brexit and make it hap­pen, whether we like it or not. For us, we’ve al­ways had sales out­side the EU right from the word go. We only see the op­por­tu­nity in the wider world.’

PAUL LIND­SEY CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, FOOD FIRM ELLA’S KITCHEN (62)

‘We just need to get on with things and plan for every even­tu­al­ity. Bri­tish en­trepreneurs are good at be­ing nim­ble and in­no­vat­ing and so that’s what I think we’ll do. We need to be con­fi­dent and con­cen­trate on what we can con­trol – this coun­try has brands that are world-lead­ing and that will con­tinue to be the case.’

DR NIK KOTECHA CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, MORN­ING­SIDE PHAR­MA­CEU­TI­CALS (81)

‘Brexit is a great op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses. We have been com­pla­cent over the years and re­lied on the EU too much. So I’m really ex­cited. It’s good we’ve got trade min­is­ters out there, look­ing at places out­side the EU.’

JU­LIANNE PONAN CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, FOOD FIRM CRE­ATIVE NA­TURE (10)

‘In terms of exports the fall in the pound has been in­cred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial. It has opened a lot of new mar­kets for us. The pros out­weigh the cons and what peo­ple need to re­mem­ber is that with exports, you’re go­ing to be gen­er­at­ing more rev­enue in fu­ture as well. Im­ports will come back even­tu­ally.’

Out­spo­ken: Tim Mar­tin

Op­ti­mistic: James Dyson

Big world: Neil Kuschel

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