That's what we can do for you, now what can you do for us?
IT is a huge endorsement of Derby's position as one of the UK's – and even Europe's – industrial powerhouses that Prime Minister David Cameron chose to bring his Cabinet here and talk about how the Government will stimulate our economy.
And it is good that even when that historic meeting finished yesterday, Mr Cameron and his colleagues went out for themselves to see what the city and its surroundings are achieving, ultimately for the good of UK plc.
While the Prime Minister and his deputy Nick Clegg toured Rolls-Royce and Chancellor George Osborne visited Toyota, it was heartening to see their Cabinet colleagues despatched to see some of our other success stories, such as EPM Technology and the University of Derby.
It appears they were suitably impressed. Mr Cameron held up Rolls– Royce as one of the companies that will play a crucial role in the recovery while Mr Osborne hailed Toyota as an example of British manufacturing at its best.
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Let's hope it's not just rhetoric. Mr Cameron is fond of saying "We are all in this together". Well now is his big chance to show that he is indeed "in it" with the rest of us.
So to start him off on his crusade we have a few suggestions.
The Government can start by giving Derby train-maker Bombardier the Thameslink contract to build 1,200 carriages, which could secure its long-term future in Derby, safeguarding jobs for hundreds of its own workers and, ultimately, for thousands who depend on its prosperity further back along the supply chain.
The company is in a straight two-horse race with German manufacturer Siemens.
The Government says it is legally bound to get the best value for the deal. Let's hope Bombardier's value to the UK economy is also taken into account.
Secondly, the Government needs to make sure it is properly supporting research and development being carried out here in UK plc to ensure that our companies do not miss out on international opportunities.
There is nothing more galling than to see foreign rivals snatch contracts from under our noses, thanks to help from their own Government subsidies or regional aid.
And, thirdly, it must ensure that the new local enterprise partnerships – successors to the regional development agencies – really do make a difference.
It is vital that our own organisation covering Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire can take the best from what its predecessor EMDA was able to achieve but without the bureaucracy and secrecy that dogged it.
The Cabinet has been to Derby to see what we are about, now let's see what Mr Cameron and his colleagues are about. It's time for them to listen, take heed and act.