George Freeman MP showcases British Business in Olympic Business Summit
31st July 2012
Hosting the Olympics in London at a time when we so urgently need to kick-start our economic recovery is the perfect opportunity to showcase the many sectors in which Britain leads the world. We can’t borrow our way out of our debt crisis; we will have to trade our way out by selling products and services the rest of the world wants. The pace of development outside the Eurozone creates huge trade opportunities for us with the emerging world – selling our innovative strengths whether in biomedicine, food, energy, engineering, professional services, media, fashion, or retailing. With the world’s media, business and national leaders in London for the Olympics this week, the Prime Minster has co-opted me, in my role as Ministerial Life Science Advisor, to join senior Ministers and business leaders to help secure international businesses investment for Britain.
Over the next 3 days I will be drawing on my 15 year career helping to start, manage and finance fast growth bioscience companies in Norwich and Cambridge. I will be attending and speaking at business receptions at Lancaster House and the Guildhall, at a ‘summit’ of national, business and research leaders including a reception at No10. I will be focusing especially on our strengths in science and innovation in the medical, food and energy sectors. I want to help tell the world that some of the most important science in the world is being done in the Eastern Region in world class ‘clusters’ in Norwich and Cambridge , and that this is a fabulous place to come and work, build a world class business and help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in tackling disease, food security, climate change and sustainable development.