• Have the most competitive tax system in the G20;
• Be the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business;
• Be a more balanced economy, by encouraging exports and investment;
• And have a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.
What did we get out of it, apart from a huge amount of pleasure spending two hours listening to economics and political baiting over our lunch breaks? Well, in all honesty, only time will tell, but there were some positives that reflected calls we've been making over the past year or so.
Our submission to the chancellor and associated pipeline report called on the government to improve the efficiency of the planning process and reaffirm a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Missed opportunities? Well, empty property taxation remains a thorn in the side of the development industry and - despite being opposed in opposition - when in government, ministers seem to be reluctant to give back the circa £1bn pa income it receives from empty property rates. But how damaging will this be in the long term...? And a private sector-led TIF is still not resonating with the government in the way we would like, but that just means there is still lots for us to do.
Maybe I'll get a chance tomorrow to enjoy St James's Park on a beautiful spring day...