HM Treasury

Enterprise & productivity

Advancing Enterprise 2 December 2005

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, 2 December 2005

As part of the Government's commitment to the promotion of enterprise as a driver of economic growth and prosperity, the Chancellor hosted a major international conference in London on 2 December on the eve of the final G7 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors.

Advancing Enterprise brought together a group of leading international thinkers to discuss how we can create a climate for new and existing enterprises to flourish in the context of a fast-changing global economy. The UK has a number of key advantages in meeting this challenge: free trade, stability, free thinking science, a belief in education, and openness to the world.  But advantages alone are not enough.  We must work hard to make our advantages count and to ensure that they become realities.

The conference panels addressed the key questions that Britain must answer if we are to be at the forefront of this race.

The closing keynote address was given by Dr Alan Greenspan (Chairman, US Federal Reserve) and we are delighted that at this, his final address in the UK before he steps down from office in January, the Lord Mayor of the City of London presented Dr Greenspan with the Freedom of the City.

Eminent international speakers on the day included Sir John Bond (Group Chairman, HSBC), Sir Terry Leahy (CEO, Tesco), Sir Robin Saxby (Chairman, ARM plc), Sir Alan Sugar (Founder, Amstrad), Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Chairman, easyGroup), Martin Wolf (Associate Editor, Financial Times) and Peter Forstmoser (Chairman, Swiss Re).

Image from Advancing Enterprise Conference December 2005

Images from Advancing Enterprise Conference December 2005 are now available.

The following accompanying documents are now available:

Please also see the programmes from previous conferences;

Advancing Enterprise: 4 February 2005

Advancing Enterprise: 26 January 2004

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