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Friday 15 December 2017

Tony Blair’s Interview by Frank Bournois

On 28th November 2017 Ayming celebrated the 2nd Business Performance Awards at Chaillot National Theater in Paris. Frank Bournois, Dean of ESCP Europe, had the privilege of interviewing Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The second Ayming Business Performance Awards took place on 28 November in Paris. Frank Bournois, chosen by the business performance consulting group, the organizer of the event, was honored to host the awards ceremony and interview former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, the guest of honour, who presented to the 1,200 strong audience on the impact of Brexit.

The awards winners on the night were:

  • SNCF Développement, for "Essaimage", an entrepreneurship support program for SNCF Group employees.
  • Groupe BPCE, for “Le cockpit RH", which brings the digital revolution to the heart of its HR business.
  • ONET Group, for its ambitious "POP 2015/2020 - Driving ONET in Prevention" program, designed to increase on health and safety at work through prevention.
  • API Restauration, for its project "The Responsible Cook", which promotes responsible and sustainable purchasing to source fresh and local products directly from the producers.
  • Nexans, for its SHIFT programme based on economic recovery and employee commitment.


Then Frank Bournois, host of the Business Performance Awards, conducted an interview with Tony Blair in front of a captivated audience of executives and business leaders. The discussion focused in particular on the economic consequences of Brexit. 

Very attentive to the negotiations surrounding the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, the former Prime Minister gave his analysis of the situation, comparing adaptability, innovation and assimilation of change in the economic and political spheres. In convinced European, he declared: "Brexit is a profound mistake for Britain and for Europe" and added "Because there is no strong anti-Brexit party, the Brexit will probably happen. But we can still avoid it: all the Britain's problems can be solved within Europe.” Asked by ESCP Europe's Dean about his ideas for the future and the evolution of Europe, he said: "We need to work on an innovative and business-friendly environment. We need the European Union to strengthen our economy. We need to radically improve our education system and teach our young people to be creative."

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