OVER 70 representatives from the optical industry heard about 'the best means of driving the UK economy forwards' from Britain's top business leader and new director general of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Simon Walker, pictured with FMO chairman John Conway (left).
"This industry is a great example of Britain's strengths in advanced manufacturing and there are clearly major opportunities across the sector," he said at the latest FMO meeting, held at the AOP's new headquarters in London.
Mr Walker's presentation was followed by a question and answer session, with optical industry bosses keen to hear his views on banking issues, salaries, government intervention and the way forward for business.
"The missing link is confidence," he told them. "A survey of 1,000 IoD members revealed that companies were much more confident about their own prospects than they were for the wider economy. The tantalising prospect is that if, and when, confidence does return, expenditure plans could be dusted down and put into action relatively quickly. But if business is to have confidence in Britain, Britain needs to have confidence in business."
He stressed the need to improve leadership in business and company directorship by highlighting the IoD's Chartered Director Qualification, which the FMO chairman, John Conway holds.
Companies represented at the FMO meeting included Rodenstock, Continental Eyewear, Optoplast Actman and Dibble Optical. After a networking buffet lunch, FMO members divided into their industry-specific frame, lens and equipment focus groups to discuss current trading conditions. Any companies wishing to know more about The FMO and attend the next regional meeting on October 16 are asked to email Sandie Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org