Following the First Minister's talk to the D Group last year we are delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Wales to give his perspective. This is particularly useful at a time when, amidst much Whitehall focus on “Northern Powerhouses”, we need to remind ourselves of other economic regions and the potential they offer UK companies and inward investors. The Cardiff Capital Region, involving D member Cardiff University and our advisory board member Roger Lewis is but one example of the thought and application that Welsh business and government is bringing to the challenge.