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Strategy and Influence Group (Derbyshire) - Q3 2019

Event Information:

Venue: McArthurGlen - East Midlands Designer Outlet, South Normanton, Derbyshire

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Available To: Members Only

Member Price: FREE

With the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, and against a backdrop of political instability and investment uncertainty, this quarterly meeting - open to all Chamber-members  - enables discussion around crucial topical and strategic issues affecting the business community in Derby and Derbyshire.

Given the feedback the Chamber constantly receives from employers about skills shortages and a lack of job-readiness amongst young people, we will examine the detail behind the Government’s introduction of T-Levels.  

Designed to serve the needs of industry and preparing students for the modern workplace, these have been conceived through the collaboration of business-leaders.

The Chamber will report on the very latest intelligence from its economic survey, and seek anecdotal evidence to back-up its conclusions at a critical time in which many firms are now planning for the likelihood of a No-Deal Brexit scenario.



  1. Introductions and welcome (10 minutes)
  2. Feedback on Activity since last session - Public procurement campaign update - extension of Denby Hall Business Park - business preparedness for a No-Deal Brexit scenario, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy & External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) (15mins)
  3. Quarterly Economic Survey – summary of Q3, 2019  - Nick Chischniak, Representation Manager, East Midlands Chamber  (15mins)
  4. Current Operating Environment – roundtable update (All; 30mins)
  5. The Significance of T-Levels in Tackling Skills Shortages in the Modern Workplace  Debbie Keegan – Director, Derby College - (15 mins / 15mins Q&A)
  6. Action Points  / Upcoming Activity / Dates for your diary  - Chris Hobson/Nick Chischniak – East Midlands Chamber (10mins)
  7. Any Other Business

Benefits of attending/who should attend:

  • Hear the very latest up-to-date economic intelligence on localised business confidence at a critical time when many are now planning around the likelihood of a No-Deal Brexit scenario

  • Understand the strategic vision for the East Midlands
  • Learn how the government and employers are working together to address skills shortages in the modern workplace
  • An opportunity to influence as a powerful collective, enabling the country’s second-largest Chamber to convey compelling messages from business to key decision-makers

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