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A story of renewal.

A renaissance, according to the dictionary definition, signifies a rebirth or reawakening of ideas.

That sums up perfectly the experience of industry across the Midlands during the past two decades.

Our Renaissance supplement, published today, depicts a fascinating story of renewal and determination at the heartland of Britain's manufacturing sector.

Diversification from old, unprofitable industries has not been achieved without pain, as CBI director-general Digby Jones points out. It cannot be denied, however, that this region's economic future must go hand-in-hand with making products that the world wants to buy, that sell on quality, innovation and brand -not simply because they are mass produced and cheap.

It is timely to sound two warning shots. Firstly, the workforce of today and tomorrow will be unable to take advantage of jobs in emerging hi-tech industries without academic qualifications and skills training. Secondly, the ability of business to create wealth is in severe danger of suffocation by a plethora of Government and European regulations, taxes and general interference.

Midlands' innovation must not be stifled by overbearing governments, whether in Westminster or Brussels.
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