My name is Jon Chadwick, Managing Director of Durham Distillery.  Before I made Gin I worked for the Government, and in different roles I saw most of the what the State does from healthcare to prisons, and lots of bits of the civil service.

I am also a miserable twisty faced Nothern malcontent, who hates paperwork and bureaucracy and all that goes with it.  Which is probably why I don’t work for the Government any more.

Most of what I want to talk about is work.   What sometimes gets called Labour markets, jobs.  And the economy, mainly what the economy looks like from an Industrial Estate outside of Durham

Specifically I want to talk about why I think that most of the stuff I used to believe about the economy and the world of work were wrong.