Reflecting on the many conversations I've had with clients,
and others, this week, it's clear that there is a definite
sense of optimism compared to the position at the start of
The concerns of last year—particularly of a eurozone
exit—have receded materially. Despite the continued low
growth in Europe there is a definite feeling of greater resilience
and a growing confidence that economies are improving, albeit
slowly. I've also seen much greater recognition of the need for
business leaders to have a stronger voice in making the case for
Alongside client meetings, Davos has also again provided a good
opportunity to engage with the media—with the BBC, the Telegraph and the Times all carrying
Today's highlight, however, was the opportunity to join the
British business leaders' lunch. Having heard David Cameron
speak yesterday, I was looking forward to Boris Johnson speaking.
He delivered a tour de force in setting out an optimistic picture
of London and, by extension, the UK's continued place as a
world leader. As you'd expect he didn't waste the
opportunity to make the case for a new airport in London! The
accompanying photograph also shows that he became the second major
political figure to enjoy our live scribe wall at Davos.
I have some final client meetings and receptions this evening,
before leaving Davos tomorrow morning. I am excited to bring
a little bit of Davos back with me. On Tuesday I'll host a
breakfast on Perspectives on Growth from Davos, back in London,
with Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, Joe Echevarria, CEO USA, and Alain
Pons, CEO France.
We'll share our reflections on Davos and lead a debate with
30 of our senior clients on the response necessary from business to
some of the key themes from the World Economic Forum.
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