2013; 2012 SAW THE UK ECONOMY IN THE GRIP OF A DOUBLE-DIP RECESSION AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE ON A KNIFE-EDGE. SO, WHAT WILL 2013 BRING? YOUR MONEY ASKED SOME OF OUR BIGGEST BUSINESS STARS TO REVEAL THEIR HOPES AND FEARS FOR THE NEW YEAR Yourmoney
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Dalton Philips, chief executive, Morrisons Q Economy. Hopeful or worried?Both. I'm hopeful that in the long run the British economy will return to fighting form, but there will be bumps along the way.
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As an example, we sell rotisserie chickens as they are cooling down because that way they are free from VAT. If we keep them hot for the customer, then we have to add the VAT. This is just not sensible. kens hat ep we st Business priority? Qa l l To keep prices low for all our customers.
Q New Year's resolution? QRun more marathons.
Run Sebastian James, chief executive, Dixons Retail ief DQwQ tail Qr Economy. Hopeful or worried?Hopeful. We know it'll be along haul but we'll make it.
Hb w it'll but Q One wish for Government? Could we have a Jubilee or Olympic Games every year please? Summer 2012 was absolutely phenomenal and it really brought the best out of the UK. If I could have another wish, it would be to find the bloke who stole the Christmas presents from Great Ormond Street Hospital recently. And lock him up for a very long time. mpic 2 was ught have loke from And Q Business priority? Keep finding ways to drive our prices down. our Q New Year's resolution? A. Lose two stone.
Ian Livingston, chief executive, BT Q Economy. Hopeful or worried?Both. Our economy is stronger than southern Europe's but there's no question that growth is needed. Companies need to play their part by investing in infrastructure and by creating jobs where they can.
One wish for the Government? QWe need the politicians of all parties to focus on growth as people want jobs.
One change it could make would be to encourage pension schemes to invest in major infrastructure projects and therefore the future of our economy, rather than in expensive government debt.
QBUSINESS priority? Delivering one of the most ambitious fibre broadband roll-outs in the world.
Q New Year's resolution? To watch Celtic win the Champions League (OK, it's a wish not a resolution).
Justin King, chief executive, Sainsbury's Q Economy. Hopeful or worried? I'm optimistic. All eyes were on Britain during 2012 with the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics and we proved what we're capable of. Britain got its confidence back last year and I hope we can carry this positivity into 2013.
Q One wish for the Government? Introduce a National Insurance holiday.
National Insurance is a tax on jobs, meaning companies hire fewer new workers. A National Insurance holiday would be the quickest way to restore the economy.
QBUSINESS priority? To help our customers live well for less.
They're voting with their wallets to reward brands that do the right thing at the right price.
Q New Year's resolution? Train for the Cape Argus Pick 'n' Pay Cycle Tour bike ride event in South Africa.
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