For over 150 years, the British Chambers of Commerce has been an authentic voice at the heart of local business communities in every part of our country. Indeed, I will be attending an event for my local Chamber later this week.
So I'm delighted to have this opportunity today to express my thanks for all that you do, and to ask for your help as we work together to spread wealth and opportunity across every community in our United Kingdom.
At the heart of our Modern Industrial Strategy is a new approach to Government – not just stepping back and leaving business to get on with the job, but stepping up to a new, active role that backs business and ensures more people in all corners of the country share in the benefits of your success. So I very much welcome the chance for the Government to hear from you today about the steps that we can take to do this.
The themes of your conference are exactly the issues on which this Government is focused. With your help, we can make sure that Britain is one of the most competitive places in the world to found or grow a business. We can grow these businesses in the regions and nations of the UK, and with the help of your global business network, support them to trade successfully all over the world. We can make sure that Britain leads the world in the industries of the future, and that our children and grandchildren are equipped to do the high-skilled, high-paid jobs that these industries will provide.
And we can seize a historic opportunity for a global Britain to lead the world in shaping the forces of globalization so that everyone shares in the benefits of economic growth. In doing so, we will make Britain an even stronger, fairer and more successful country than it is today – a country that really does work for everyone.
So I look forward to hearing the feedback from your discussions today, and I wish you all a very successful conference.