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Engaging Decision Makers

Leciestershire Members Forum – Q2

Economy, Government & Policy

10/07/2024 3:30 pm

10/07/2024 5:00 pm


Chamber Members: FREE

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For further information on this event, please contact: The Policy Team on 0333 320 0333 or email


Free to attend and open to all members, these meetings convene on a quarterly basis to direct lobbying activities on a broad range of topical issues affecting jobs, growth, and the economy – this is particularly important at the current time as we move towards a general election.

Tackling local, regional and national issues affecting business, a cross-section of business leaders will assess the Chamber’s lobbying activities based on intelligence from across the county’s membership.


At a time of profound political change and ongoing economic uncertainty, the Chamber encourages its members to engage in these meetings, so that compelling and influential messages can be conveyed to a broad range of strategic stakeholders at a local, regional, and national level.

The purpose of these groups is to understand the current business climate and provide direction as to how to influence key local, regional, and national policymakers, with the Chamber keen that its members engage on the issues causing them most concern.


– Welcome and update from chair and “roundtable” introduction from attendees – Stuart Dawkins, President, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

– An opportunity to hear the findings from the most recent Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – Richard Blackmore, Head of Special Projects, East Midlands Chamber

– Heart of Leicester Plan – Andrew Smith, Director of Planning, Development and Transportation

City centres across the country have faced numerous challenges in recent times. Leicester City Council is working on a new Heart of Leicester strategy to ensure the centre is well positioned as a strong performing and resilient hub for city businesses, residents and visitors. This presentation will allow members to engage with the different stands of this strategy.

– A roundtable discussion on current economic conditions, policy, lobbying for 2024 – this is an opportunity to provide your thoughts on priorities and content to be delivered on your behalf

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