Integrating technology with traditional learning techniques, the growth in informal learning, maximizing the potential of technology in learning -- all have become discussion points for those responsible for UK's national skills. The massive challenges from China and India and global migration also increase the competitive pressure of UK plc. It is becoming clear that the ongoing success and leadership of developed nations will depend on their ability to innovate and adapt. Learning technologies are certainly not a silver bullet solution to the national needs. The challenge this year is to learn from each other, to demand more business benefits from learning and to get involved in influencing the changes needed both locally and nationally.