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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a substantial £29.5 billion ($36.8 billion) of private sector investments in Britain during a gathering of global executives. This investment is expected to generate 12,000 jobs in sectors such as technology, life sciences, renewables, housing, and infrastructure.
Sunak unveiled the private funding for new UK projects during the 2023 Global Investment Summit in London. The event, held at Hampton Court Palace, London, on November 27, aims to position the UK as a premier destination for foreign investment in Europe.
Sunak’s announcement follows the Government’s recent offer of permanent tax breaks to incentivise businesses to modernise plants and machinery, with the hope that foreign investors will play a crucial role in revitalising the UK’s sluggish economy.
In a statement before the summit’s commencement, Sunak expressed confidence in the UK economy, stating that these investments are a substantial vote of confidence in the nation’s future economic prospects. He emphasised the centrality of attracting global investment to his plan for economic growth.
Several key investments were announced during the summit, including £10 billion over the next four years from Australian fund IFM Investors, designated for largescale infrastructure and energy transition projects. Spanish energy company Iberdrola pledged £7 billion for offshore wind infrastructure, while US tech giant Microsoft disclosed plans to invest £2.5 billion in artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure, encompassing data centres.
Addressing the investment summit, Sunak said, “Your decision to choose to invest in Britain is a huge vote of confidence in our country’s future.” The UK, like many nations, seeks private sector investment to overhaul its economy for the net-zero era and develop infrastructure beyond the capacity of its strained public finances. Sunak emphasised the value of investments over the number of projects, highlighting the new funding’s focus on clean energy, life sciences, and advanced technology to generate highquality jobs.
Notable attendees at the event included financiers Stephen Schwarzman from Blackstone, Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan Chase, David Solomon from Goldman Sachs, and Aviva’s Amanda Blanc.