James Dyson, familiar to PRW readers as an entrepreneur, engineer, and inventor of the bag-less cleaner that bears his name, was a passionate advocate of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) well before the 23 June referendum.
He told the BBC this week he was “thrilled” at the electorate's decision to head for the door, adding that the UK was well-placed to go it alone.
Many in the business community share his view that the UK can thrive outside the EU.
Self-belief also plays a part. I heard Michael Mychajluk, Jaguar Land Rover's supply chain and external management manager, tell a GTMA conference recently that he and his colleagues had been shocked by the Brexit vote in June.
But Mychajluk argued that the UK should have confidence in itself as an economic powerhouse, one with whom countries in Europe and elsewhere in the world will inevitably want to do business. I'm sure this is a view shared by many readers, even those who wanted us to remain a member of the EU.
Apart from a currency wobble, the vote to leave does not seem to have dented the UK economy to any great extent. Unemployment is down, and while manufacturing output has dipped, attributing this to Brexit is difficult to pin down.
Still, it will be months, perhaps longer, before the referendum's true impact, either way, comes to light.
As we report elsewhere, the government is re-thinking recycling targets in the wake of the Brexit vote. This is understandable, but as part of this process ministers must consult – and subsequently listen to – those ‘on the ground' in the recycling sector for their views.
No half-cocked measures, please.
We're looking forward to welcoming guests to the Plastics Industry Awards in London at the end of the month, for what we think will be a cracking evening, complete with a ‘Great Gatsby' theme.
If you're coming along, we'll see you there!