We are a nation that prides itself on its ability to compete and succeed in a rapidly changing world. We have maintained our position at the forefront of technological and cultural developments throughout our great history. And we’re not stopping now.
Two hundred and fifty years ago we harnessed the power of steam and iron, setting in motion the Industrial Revolution that was to change the world. Later, in the nineteenth century, when streets became too congested, we opened the London Underground – the first of its kind – the likes of which is now seen in major cities across the world. Just over eighty years ago, Coventry-born Frank Whittle altered the course of aviation forever by developing the jet engine. And today, we are leading the world in driving the green industrial revolution.
Our continued determination, resilience and ambition as a nation has led to extraordinary success so far in driving this and has seen so many of us make the switch to electric cars and vans as we work to combat the global climate crisis – the most important issue of our lifetimes.