2009 has been a challenging year for all of us. The economic outlook has not been good, and it remains uncertain.
But I strongly believe that if we are to overcome the difficulties which we face we will need to harness the vision, the entrepreneurialism, and the work ethic of the UK business world to pull us out of recession. It is your ingenuity which will help to create the opportunities and the jobs which will restore some needed dynamism to the UK economy.
With this in mind, my main priority for the New Year will be to ensure that ahead of a General Election, my business team and I continue to put forward bold plans for re-creating an environment in this country which allows business to grow and to flourish.
Our focus remains on making the tax system more competitive, reducing the regulatory burden and reforming government support to business.
I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas, and a successful New Year.