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 2012.
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 responsible business.
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.
David is Chief Executive and Senior Partner of Deloitte LLP