Baroness Neville-Rolfe gives advice to the Cheltenham and Cotswold Business Club

Baroness Neville-Rolfe met with Alex Chalk and members of the Cheltenham and Cotswold Business Club at the University of Gloucestershire to speak about the importance of helping businesses to aid the economic recovery.


 Baroness Neville-Rolfe has had a successful career in both the private and public sector, including working in the Prime Minister’s policy unit, the Department of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the cabinet Office before joining Tesco in 1997.      


She said of her time at Tesco: “We were confident and we took risks.  A lot of success in business is about is about taking risks.  We were the first in the UK to put the customer first in an aggressive way.  I think people trusted us because we went the extra mile.”  She stressed the importance of the business sector in helping to create the nation’s wealth.  “The business sector is an unsung hero and I think we need to do something about that.  In banking what I think we need is a generation of leadership that is more customer-focused.  Rather what the customer needs than how many insurance policies I can sell them.”


Alex commented “The event was a success and gave everyone a great insight into the life of someone so committed to supporting local businesses. She reinforced the point that it is the Conservatives who are the party who support local businesses across the UK. I want to apply this here in Cheltenham and find more ways to support the drivers of our local economy.


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