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State of the Economy Conference 2019

Event Information:

Venue: Sports Direct, Shirebrook, Derbyshire

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £25.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT

  • Understand the strategic vision for the East Midlands
  • Hear from leading economic analysts, political representatives, prominent regional business-leaders
  • Gain an insight into the distinct challenges that the region's economy faces post-Brexit
  • An opportunity to influence, and convey compelling messages from the business community to key decision-makers

Taking place at the UK headquarters of Sports Direct, this event brings together business leaders from across the region to focus on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

One year on from the Westminster launch of the Chamber’s manifesto, Delivering a Great Future, this event will examine the progress made so far, and the strategic considerations needed to transform this vision into reality. This focuses both on the means at the region’s disposal, and its ability to capitalise on the opportunities available as part of the bigger picture. This includes likeminded stakeholders working together to harness the potential of the newly-created East Midlands Development Corporation.

Through a series of keynote speakers and expert panels, we will examine the latest intelligence and projections for the regional and national economy through the prism of the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union.

This event comes at a time when regional performance is seeing a marked decline against a backdrop of a prolonged period of economic and investment uncertainty and profound political instability.

We will consider how bold proposals for regional infrastructure will enhance the competitiveness of East Midlands businesses, as well as the political and economic levers that can be used to support them.

This conference seeks to send Westminster some compelling messages about what still needs to be done surrounding infrastructure priorities, SME support, and the implications of Brexit on behalf of the regional business community in order to sustain the region's long-term economic vitality.



Sport Direct – Director TBA
Scott Knowles – Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber



Context / Purpose of Today’s Event
Chris Hobson – Compere & Director of Policy & External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber



Economic Prognosis 
Rosie Smith – East Midlands Agent, Bank of England


The Road Ahead / Harnessing the Region’s Potential


Supporting our SMEs – The View from Westminster


Panel Discussion 1:
The Key Asks to Boost Business Competitiveness
Dr Nik Kotecha OBE – Chief Operating Officer, Morningside Pharmaceticals
Dawn Edwards – Owner, Challenge Consulting




The Bigger Picture: Optimising the Potential of the East Midlands Development Corporation


HS2 as a Catalyst for Economic Growth
Keynote Speaker: HS2 – representative to be confirmed


Panel Discussion 2:
The Big Opportunity: Realising the Vision 


Concluding Remarks and Close
Chris Hobson – Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber

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