The study by the South East Wales Economic Forum (SEWEF) revealed a "clear message" from most of the 200 business contributors that "we need to build on the strengths that we have and to do it quickly".
The study, which was carried out using an online survey, interviews and focus groups, was commissioned by SEWEF before it was wound up in March.
You may say, what about SEWEF
? The reality is that SEWEF
can egg-on, and encourage voluntary co-operation etc but it has no power to implement and no budget.
What are the key elements SEWEF wants to see in the new National Infrastructure Plan?
Director of SEWEF, Dr Elizabeth Haywood, said: "We plan to lead projects on public-private finance mechanisms; expanding a university-business partnership approach to skills provision and developing the first regional integrated energy infrastructure in the UK."
FORMER director of CBI Wales Dr Elizabeth Haywood has been appointed director of the South East Wales Economic Forum (SEWEF).
"SEWEF's aim is for South East Wales to become one of the most prosperous regions in Europe.