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Our response to Theresa May’s Conservative Party conference closing speech

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, shares her thoughts on Theresa May's closing speech at this years' Conservative Party conference.

Having just taken over the role of Chief Executive of Business in the Community, I am delighted to hear the Prime Minister putting fairness and opportunity at the heart of the government’s agenda. This is exactly why The Prince’s Responsible Network was founded over 30 years ago and why it continues to bring like-minded businesses together, to challenge each other and share ways to create positive change in society, while also benefitting those businesses.

Over the years this network, championed and driven by HRH The Prince of Wales, has turned the idea of business as a force for good into reality by harnessing the skills, passion and energy of thousands of businesses into the communities that need it the most. For example, by sending businesses into local communities to work with social enterprises it has helped those small businesses to grow and create  almost 4,500 jobs.

Of course business hasn’t always got things right and there are some big issues and real challenges that have contributed to mistrust and division between business and society. We must all work to ensure that business proves every day that it has the will and potential to be part of solving some of the most challenging issues facing society and our planet.

I am excited and look forward to growing this extraordinary network of businesses and working with business leaders who recognise that there is a different way of doing business which benefits both business and society and that together, we can shape a Britain that we can all be proud of.