The head of a Coventry and Warwickshire recruitment company has urged the Chancellor to introduce three more public holidays to bring Britain into line with the rest of Europe.
Gordon Brown is keen to establish a "British Day" to promote national pride and a sense of togetherness - celebrated in America on Independence Day, July 4 and in France on Bastille Day, July 14.
Currently, Britain has eight public holidays each year which is behind France (11), Spain and Portugal (12-14) and Cyprus (16).
Adrian Hobbs, managing director of Flex Recruitment which has offices across the West and East Midlands, backs Mr Brown's idea and believes he should go a step further.
"The idea of a British Day would bond people together and improve our collective national identity," said Mr Hobbs, whose firm employs 40 people at its offices in Coventry, Leicester, Rugby, and Hinckley.
"But I think we should have three additional days holidays a year to bring us in line with the rest of Europe because we're the poor man when it comes to holidays.
"Britain has fewer public holidays than any other country in Europe including the new member states and the average across Europe is 11.
"There is a long gap between the August Bank Holiday and Christmas Day which means workers get tired and don't produce their best work.
"There could be celebratory days linked to history. Trafalgar Day in October last year proved extremely popular since it was the 200th anniversary of Britain's greatest naval victory which would be an ideal time to bring in a public holiday as well as two days in the summer."
Mr Hobbs believes employers need to consider the life-work balance of their employ-ees which would also help businesses to improve productivity.
He said: "It is important that we consider the health of our staff because stress costs the society £3.7 billion every year.
"Three more days off would give people the chance to relax and enjoy time with their families and they would come back to work refreshed."