BNE feels strongly about the need to promote language learning in the UK as it is vital to the continuing success of British business. BNE is therefore delighted to announce that it has signed the National Centre for Languages (CILT) business pledge. BNE agrees with CILT that UK business and young people will be disadvantaged in the international marketplace if they are without language skills.
Please find our pledge below and a link to BNE’s pledge on the CILT’s Languages Work website:
“Britain’s business, industry and academic institutions are leaders, both in Europe and globally. The world, however, is rapidly changing, and for Britain to remain a competitive, innovative leader, it must change as well.
As a coalition of pro-European British business leaders, Business for New Europe recognises that steps need to be taken to increase foreign language skills in the United Kingdom to maximise opportunities for British business. Learning a foreign language not only enables people to interact but it also provides an insight and understanding into different customs and cultures. Over half of our trade is with other countries in the European Union, and most of it is in countries where English is not the first language.
We believe that language learning is vital the continued success of British business.”
Roland Rudd, Chairman, BNE