The Datum Group have been heralded an example of best British business practice in the 2017 Parliamentary Review.
The Datum Group are among a select group of businesses featured in the Construction and Engineering edition of the prestigious publication – with a three page feature celebrating 18 highly successful years of business.
Datum Group Chief Executive and founder, Rory O’Rourke, proudly shares Datum’s journey and describes how the business evolved from a solitary office above a South Manchester pub to one boasting more than 120 employees based in six locations across the UK and America.
O’Rourke outlines his vision for the future in the Parliamentary Review and calls on the Government to be brave with their commitment to High Speed Two, upgraded transportation links and mobile connectivity.
O’Rourke, said: “Having grown organically and self funded our expansion, perhaps our growth has not been so meteoric but it has been assured.
“I have never worried too seriously, or become too excited for that matter, about what plans or policies the UK government of the day has had.
“Given an opportunity to speak plainly with the Government, I would recommend that they do not over promise, but to deliver on what they commit, and in the timescale agreed.
“In fairness, (to government) this has generally happened but, recently perhaps, plans are declared with a fanfare and then take an age to happen. This leaves business and entrepreneurs nervous and a little reluctant.
“Even with the commencement of High Speed 2 well underway, we still hear murmurings from government, or the opposition, about whether it is really needed. This doesn’t help industry or those working in it.
“Upgraded transportation networks and 4G connectivity for all, are not only key from my industry, but for every other sector too.
“These improvement opportunities could quickly become liabilities and have wider repercussions for the country’s productivity as a whole if we fail to progress them.”
The Parliamentary Review is published every year and is designed to showcase best practice. It is used as a learning tool to the public and private sector.
The Review is sent to more than half a million leading policymakers and acts as a blueprint for success and a template for reform.
The Parliamentary Review was officially launched at a reception at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer with former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP and former MP Douglas Carswell, delivering key note speaches.
O’Rourke, added: “It was a proud moment for me to reflect on the progress we have made during our first 18 years.
“It was energising to be able to mix with the other guests, swapping stories and taking inspiration from their own experiences as we look towards our next 18-years.”