BBC South today broadcast live from the ICMA Centre

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre, was interviewed by BBC South on Thursday 05 December 2013. The BBC broadcasted live from one of the ICMA Centre's dealing rooms which was filled with students engaging in a trading simulation. The interview was reflecting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

When asked about the Autumn Statement and economic growth in the Thames Valley, Professor Adrian Bell replied: "I think we are very lucky here in the Thames Valley, we are seeing lots of external investment, especially from Chinese companies, who are setting up here and employing local people, which contributes to the local economy."

BBC South's Business editor, Alistair Fee, asked what was driving the growth and Professor Bell stated: "Really we are looking at growth being driven by consumer spending because consumers are not saving since interest rates are close to zero. What we really need is investment to drive the economy forward."

You can watch the full interview on BBC South Today here or read more about our Thomson Reuters equipped dealing rooms here.

Professor Adrian Bell

Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience
Adrian is Chair in the History of Finance and Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience.
Published 6th December 2013

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