Press release

Alun Cairns tells Welsh business leaders: lead the way on making Brexit a success

The Secretary of State for Wales says business leaders have the skill and know-how to make a success of Brexit

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The Secretary of State for Wales will today call on Welsh business leaders to point the way in ensuring Wales makes a success out of Brexit.

Alun Cairns is set to make the call when he addresses a meeting of CBI Wales’ quarterly council.

The Secretary of State for Wales will say:

As business leaders, you are the people best qualified to make a success of Brexit - you are the job creators and the experts in wealth creation.

The Government stands ready to help - but you will lead the way in turning Brexit into an opportunity.

Around 30 of the country’s top executives will be at the CBI session, which is being held at the General Dynamics plant in Blackwood.

Mr Cairns will also say:

As Secretary of State for Wales I will ensure Wales is at the heart of Brexit discussions.

There are challenges ahead - but the economy is in good shape for the road ahead. The unemployment rate in Wales has hit an-all time low with a record number of people now in work.

The UK Government is ready to help Welsh businesses find new export markets. Welsh businesses are the real experts in growing the economy - and we will do whatever we can to help them.

CBI Wales Director Emma Watkins said:

CBI members are pleased to welcome the Secretary of State for Wales to the CBI’s Wales Council. As the UK prepares for the complex task of negotiating our departure from the European Union, we want the UK and Welsh Governments to work closely with business, sending the signal, loud and clear, that Wales is well and truly open for business.

Firms want to continue trading easily with our EU neighbours, take advantage of any new opportunities for trade around the world and ensure they can access global talent, while being mindful of public concerns around immigration.

Mr Cairns is later due to travel to Saab UK in Wiltshire to see the latest innovations in defence and security technology.

Published 22 September 2016