Bracknell, May 20, 2009 — It’s not every day that the Prime Minister invites you to breakfast. But for Sean Taylor, Managing Director of Redwood Technologies, the invitation to step through the world’s most famous front door came as part of a Government consultation programme with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Sean was among a select group of business innovators who met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Business Minister Baroness Vadera at Downing Street in May. The invitation was to a round table discussion, at which the PM could "hear from energetic businesses their views and ideas about the current business environment."
A group of decision-makers from a variety of industry sectors attended the gathering at Number 10. They took the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas about the future of enterprise in the UK and the role of government. Inevitably, the economy was high on the agenda, with a wide-ranging discussion on ways to accelerate the recovery from recession.
Key issues arising included access to capital finance, regulation and employment law, levelling the playing field when bidding for public sector contracts, and the perennial question of corporate taxation.
"It was an interesting glimpse into the inner workings of government," said Sean Taylor, "and a rare chance to express a view about the state of things directly to the man responsible. I was struck by the consistency of the views being expressed from a broad diversity of industries.
"Time will tell whether or not our ideas will make any difference to government policy, but at least we had the opportunity to get our views across. In fairness, however, Mr Brown’s thoughts may well have been more focused on other issues since, only a couple of hours later, the Speaker of the House of Commons resigned."
About Redwood Technologies
Redwood Technologies Ltd was established in 1993 and is a leading supplier of Enhanced Communications Services technology. It provides Value Added Network Services, softswitching and billing equipment to fixed line and mobile operators, ISPs and ASPs. In addition, the company has also developed an important niche in the large enterprise market space where it manufactures specialist systems for financial services institutions and contact centres as well as developing bespoke software and hardware solutions for OEMs. Clients include BT plc, Deutsche Telekom AG, KPN Telecom NV and Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. Today Redwood has installations in over 60 countries in over 1000 sites.
The company is headquartered in Bracknell, UK and has offices in Berlin, Germany; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; San Jose, California and Abuja, Nigeria. It is ISO9001 and TickIT accredited.
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