Government-industry relationships strengthened at 2014 Business Leadership Forum

9 October 2014

Mike Baird at the 2014 Business Leadership Forum

NSW business, industry and Government leaders came together at the 2014 Business Leadership Forum at State Parliament on Thursday 9 October 2014.

The event brought together a highly influential group of more than 120 representatives from a broad range of priority sectors, Government, higher education and research organisations, industry associations, multinationals, start-ups and innovative thinkers to strengthen Government-industry relationships.

The annual forum is an important part of the NSW Government's engagement with industry and a platform to inform business leaders on the Government's economic development efforts and identify and discuss business and industry priorities for the year ahead.

The Progressing the NSW Economic Development Framework Report - which details progress against actions under the Government's economic reform agenda - was released at the Business Leadership Forum.

Following the success of the inaugural forum held in September 2013, this year's event included 'open dialogue' sessions where the Premier Mike Baird, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, senior Government Ministers and Departmental Secretaries moved across tables to engage in discussions with business and industry leaders on key issues and ideas to improve competitiveness and encourage economic growth in the State.

Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Planning Pru Goward also attended the forum.

Key sectors represented at the forum included Agriculture and Food, Creative Industries, Digital Economy, Energy and Resources, Financial Services, Infrastructure, International Education and Research, Medical Technology, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Transport and Logistics, and the Visitor Economy.

Executives from start-ups, regional firms, multinationals and leading Australian businesses attended the forum including representatives from Byron Group, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Thales, ANZ, Suncorp, Stockland, Telstra and Toll Holdings.

Forum attendees included: Committee for Sydney CEO Dr Tim Williams, HSBC Bank Australia CEO Tony Cripps, Morgan Stanley Australia CEO Steve Harker, NRMA Motoring and Services CEO Tony Stuart, NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright, ANZ Bank Senior Managing Director Warwick Smith, Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather, Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director Patricia Forsythe, University of NSW Vice Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer, and Western Sydney Business Chamber Director David Borger.

"This kind of open dialogue and exchange is extremely important as the NSW Government continues to implement its economic reform agenda," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner said.

"We want to drive innovation and economic diversity throughout the State to secure our economic future and position Sydney and NSW globally as the best place in Australia to do business.

"The Business Leadership Forum provided Government and industry with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, build connections, and strengthen the partnerships we have developed in recent years.

"It was a chance for industry representatives, research leaders, and multi-national and start-up executives to engage and discuss with Ministers and senior Government officials ways to further strengthen the NSW economy."

The Business Leadership Forum is a key milestone in the delivery of NSW Economic Development Framework actions.

The NSW Economic Development Framework is the Government's roadmap for long term growth in priority industries and the NSW economy to 2021.