Good evening Ladies and gentlemen.
It is great to speak here on behalf of the 10 sponsor organisations. Together we represent a diverse range of sectors and the many businesses within them… from some of the largest employers in the country, to small SMEs.
I would like to thank the organisers… particularly Andrew and Mark Beckett… for their work in making this event happen and for all their hard work in making the Enterprise Forum such a success.
It is fantastic to be here in Manchester; Even as a Liverpudlian I have to recognise that Manchester is one of the true centres of British discovery and business.
From the industrial revelations of steam powered mills and railways to the ground-breaking science of the contraceptive pill and IVF pregnancies, Manchester has been at the forefront of human progress for centuries.
It is fitting, then, that we are here today to celebrate the latest in British enterprise.
It is the objective of the Enterprise Forum to bring together policymakers and leaders in business… to enhance the vital partnership between enterprise and government that is so important to the prosperity of our country.
Partnership between business and Government matters.
Only by working together can we create the environment that allows businesses to innovate and pioneer the industries of the future.
And it’s only by working together that we can meet ambitious targets for our future economy and society. Targets like increasing the UK's investment in R&D to 2.4% of GDP; or building a net zero carbon economy by 2050.
But beyond creating the innovation of the future, businesses play a critical role in transforming society for the better.
We invest in giving young people the chance to develop new skills and talent, turn scientific breakthroughs into tangible benefits for the whole of society and invent technological breakthroughs that allow people to connect with friends and family across the globe like never before.
But as a business community, we can do more to step out of the shadows and tell this story. The story of how business and innovation can change lives and protect the environment.
And if we want to realise this potential – and the potential of the UK - we need big, bold policies as we forge a new way after the UK leaves the EU.
By backing innovation, signalling that the UK is open for business, we can give businesses the confidence to grow, attract global investment, and support the pioneering industries, technologies and products of tomorrow.
A partnership between industry and government to me means a commitment to an innovation economy. We want to continue to watch our world leading businesses thrive, grow and create to improve the lives of everyone in the UK.
Thank you again on behalf of the sponsors of today’s Business Reception, I am now very pleased to hand back to our hosts for the evening.
Chancellor Sajid Javid and ABPI President Haseeb Ahmad
A partnership between industry and government to me means a commitment to an innovation economy.
Haseeb Ahmad, ABPI President
We want to continue to watch our world leading businesses thrive, grow and create to improve the lives of everyone in the UK.
Haseeb Ahmad, ABPI President