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Green boom in jobs

19 January 2009

Firms will soon face more competition, Says Chris Dunham (Managing Director)

"In the past two years the sector has been transformed. It has gone from being off the radar in terms of popular concern to a primary issue.

If you take into consideration what needs to be done on housing, transport and manufacturing there is no lack of work. In historical terms it is less of a New Deal and more like the Second World War. Everyone will be called to act - and it could rejuvenate the economy.

To make this happen we need some sustained nurture from the government, not the haphazard regulations and announcements we have had so far.

But as the sector expands, some green enterprises will face a shock. There will be greater competition. Bad businesses will not survive merely by good intentions. There's no doubt that in the short term the private sector will respond more quickly. So far there doesn't seem to have been much impact on the public sector."

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