By Daniel Hunter
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will speak on the international business legacy of this year’s Olympic Games at next month’s CBI Annual Conference.
Mr Johnson will focus on how firms can seize opportunities to build on the success of the 2012 Games, which were heralded a triumph not only for successful UK athletes — but also for many of the businesses that helped to organise them.
The Mayor, who joins the opposition leader, Ed Miliband, and the business secretary, Vince Cable, on the bill at the London conference, told this year’s Conservative Party Conference how the Olympics demonstrated what the UK can achieve.
“We need now to learn the lessons of the Olympics and Paralympics. The moment when we collectively rediscovered that we are a can-do country. A creative, confident, can-do country,” he said.
“The Olympics succeeded because we planned for years and we worked together. Public sector and private sector.”
Mr Johnson has described London 2012 as “the greatest Games ever”.
Also speaking at the conference on Monday, November 19, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, will be Rupert Soames, the Aggreko chief executive; Paul Polman, the Unilever chief executive; and Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted head.
As well as looking at how to capitalise on Olympic success, the conference will have a heavy focus on education, with a session chaired by the Channel 4 News economic editor, Faisal Islam, addressing how business can help create a new approach to the UK’s schools.
The debate will be informed by a report published to coincide with the conference as part of the CBI’s Ambition for All campaign.
Headline sponsors at the CBI Annual Conference are Ernst & Young and Harvey Nash, while principal sponsors are BAE Systems, Barclays and Jones Lang LaSalle.
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