Mikael Damberg Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation in London

Yesterday Mikael Damberg, the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation visited London for talks with his colleague Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. The talks centered on the creation of a connected digital single market and TTIP i.e. the trade agreement that is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.

The day started off with a breakfast meeting with Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary and was followed by a field trip to the Crossrail site at the centre of London where Skanska is involved in the construction of the Bond Street station. Over lunch Damberg met with Swedish business representatives to discuss issues related to the business climate in Sweden and the UK. It was a great exchange of ideas that we might see more of in the future.

The final stop during the visit was at the innovation charity Nesta where an increasing group of people generate most exciting ideas on social innovation. I was pleased to learn that Nesta has developed a collaboration with Swedish Vinnova that also encompasses innovation competition.

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