At this month’s Leaders’ Breakfast, Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, reflected that whilst the Society has rightly been looking back over the last 100 years it is now only right to be looking forward. Birmingham is getting its confidence back with a high level of investment and interest in the city. We must build on this and use opportunites like HS2 and the Commonwealth Games, to invest in our younger generation, creating real skills and real jobs, and to bring communities together with an inclusive regeneration of areas like Perry Barr and Aston. The next 10-15 years will be crucial for Birmingham to demonstrate to the world what a great city it is. We have a lot to shout about.