• The UK is a world leader in outsourcing, home to almost a fifth of all outsourcing contracts.In some ways, I can link this to the post below on P J O'Rourke. This industry has grown due to deregulation legislation passed in the 1980s. Yet those who were so vociferous in lobbying for it have failed to shout about the positive achievements which have emanated from it. Instead, all we hear about in the media are the occasional failings of deregulation and privatisation. If those of us on the right who believe in deregulation and privatisation aren't careful, we will soon be heading back to the dark days of state control and stifling regulation - sometimes I feel as if we are there already.
• The latest market data shows a 24% increase in the value of contracts signed in the UK in the first half of 2008 compared to the first half of 2007.
• Business services make arguably the largest contribution to the economy of any sector, contributing nearly 10% of total UK Gross Value Added, and employing 1 in 7 workers.
• Business services contributed £18 billion in surplus to the UK’s trade balance in 2005.
• The support services sector was estimated to be worth more than £303 billion in 2007, with growth of 8% from 2002 - 2006.
It's up to trade bodies like the BSA and the successfully privatised companies to demonstrate their success and give those of us who want to defend them the ammunition with which to do so. If we just let the left dominate this debate we will deserve the consequences.