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Airport sponsors major conference to look at business in the face of political uncertainty

 

Only a few months before the UK leaves the EU – potentially without a trade deal – businesses across the East Midlands will have a chance to discuss the impact of the country’s ongoing political uncertainty.

 

About 150 regional firms are expected to take part in the East Midlands Chamber* State of the Economy Conference in November.

 

East Midlands Airport is the headline sponsor for the event – the only major conference to focus on regional economic performance and prospects.

 

Keynote speakers will include Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce, and Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

 

The focus of the conference will be on how regional firms perceive ongoing growth in the face of prolonged political and economic uncertainty and increasingly volatile trading conditions.

 

Panellists for open discussions will include business leaders from across the region. Agenda items will include the latest research and projections for the regional and national economies in the run-up to and immediately post-Brexit.

 

Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Director of Policy, said: “With strong regional performance continuing despite a backdrop of Brexit negotiations and political instability, this vitally important conference will consider how we can enhance the competitiveness of East Midlands businesses and what political and economic levers can be used to support them.

 

“From this conference, we would seek to send Westminster some compelling messages about infrastructure, business support and Brexit priorities on behalf of the business community in order to sustain the region's long-term economic vitality.”

 

Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to support this event, which brings together business and politics at a time when we all need to be working together to achieve common goals.

 

“In my first few months as EMA’s Managing Director, I have been struck by the passion that so many people have for making this region a better place to work, live, visit and do business.

 

“What excites me most about my role is the huge potential here; not only at the airport but of the region we serve. The East Midlands has a fast-growing economy, our neighbouring cities have some of the most significant and productive companies specialising in healthcare, cutting edge design and advanced manufacturing, and there are high levels of skills here.

 

“Add to this the massive investment promised to the region in the form of high-speed rail, and improved global connectivity through the airport, and the East Midlands will thrive as a major economic force. But to realise this we all need to pull together and work as one. The State of the Economy Conference will provide an important platform to start exploring how we achieve this.”

 

For the latest details about the conference and to book attendance, visit https://bit.ly/2mRr6eD.

 

Exhibition-stand space is still available. For details, contact policy@emc-dnl.co.uk or 01246 212533.

 

*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

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