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Panel to offer answers about Brexit impact at Love Business


Regional business leaders will be sharing their ideas about what the future holds at a unique event later this month.


Chosen for their expertise, eight professionals will sit on a Q&A panel at this year’s Love Business, answering questions from the audience.


Now in its eighth year, Love Business is the biggest business expo in the East Midlands.


Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, will chair the Q&A event.


He said: “At Love Business, there will be just one month left before the Article 50 deadline for the UK to leave the EU. Businesses have a lot of questions about what the future will hold


“We can’t predict the fine details of what will happen post-Brexit but we can offer best-guestimates based on a lot of discussions and planning and we can advise businesses on what they should be doing today to make the transition as seamless as possible.


“But Brexit is not the only question, and this hand-picked panel will also be looking at what our strengths are here in the East Midlands, what we do well and what we will continue to offer to UK plc whether we are in the EU or outside it.”


The panel will comprise Simon Hall from the Department of International Trade, Kevin Harris of RSM UK and President at East Midlands Chamber, Claire Walker from the British Chambers of Commerce, Rachel Morley of the British International Freight Association, John Forkin of Marketing Derby, Chris Hayton from East Midlands Airport, Julia Fancourt of Beyond Supply Chain Results and Andy Gilbert of Go MAD Thinking.


The Chamber, which won the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year Award in November, has been a long-term supporter of Love Business.


It will have a stand in the main hall and use the event to launch this year’s East Midlands Chamber Business Awards – the most prestigious business awards in the region and the only ones where entries are judged by peers from the business community and offer a chance to win at a national level.


Details of the Chamber’s Business Awards will be available on www.emc-dnl.co.uk after Love Business.


Love Business is returning this year to Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, LE11 3GR, and takes place between 9.30am and 3pm on Wednesday 27 February.


Steve Megson, Managing Director at Quiet Storm, the company behind Love Business, said: “Love Business is the largest event of its kind in the region and an ideal platform to learn more about the things that matter to business, to showcase and discover innovations and to network with like-minded people.”


For more information about the event, visit https://bit.ly/2SQ34TC.