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Treasury Minister among keynote speakers for major regional conference next week


Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, will offer a Westminster view on domestic and international trading conditions when he speaks at a major regional conference next week.


Delegates at the Chamber's State of the Economy Conference will also get a financial perspective on UK economic landscape from Rosie Smith, East Midlands Agent, Bank of England.


With only a few months left before the UK leaves the EU, the conference will also give businesses a chance to discuss the impact of the country’s ongoing political uncertainty.


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.


Subjects up for discussion at the East Midlands Airport-sponsored event – the only major conference to focus on regional economic performance and prospects - include:

  • Harnessing the region’s economic potential
  • Shaping a post-Brexit economy that capitalises on our strengths
  • What the business community needs from the UK Government
  • Overcoming uncertainty to succeed
  • Local government reorganisation and the role of the LEPs.


Other speakers will include Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce, and Chris Hayton, Head of External Affairs at East Midlands Airport, who will talk about the significance of connectivity in a modern global economy.

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.”


When it was announced that East Midlands Airport would be the headline sponsor for the event, Karen Smart, the 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.


“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.”


The conference will be held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby, on Friday, 9 November, from 1pm to 4pm. For the latest details about the conference or to book attendance, visit https://bit.ly/2mRr6eD.