By Daniel Hunter

It has been announced that Lord Digby Jones, the former trade minister, will host his own TV series on the BBC.

The new show, New Industrial Revolution, will be over three one-hour episodes and will follow the former head of the CBI as he visits three different manufacturing businesses in a bid to improve their fortunes.

However, the tone of the series will be more in keeping with the Troubleshooter style made popular by near namesake Sir John Harvey-Jones than the confrontational approach adopted by Lord Sugar on The Apprentice.

“It is vital that a wider audience understands how business ticks, especially smaller businesses wherefrom will come so much of the growth and employment in our economy over the next few years," Lord Jones said.

“I want to get the audience thinking and asking questions as well, and hopefully the younger members of local communities will also find something in the programs for them to see why developing skills is so important.”

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