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TV's Jason makes spectacular entrance at Chamber's Annual Dinner


Arriving centre stage spectacularly on a hoverboard, TV’s Gadget Show host and futurologist Jason Bradbury enthralled guests at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner last night with his take on what’s happening in the world of technology.


With unbridled enthusiasm, he took his audience on a whirlwind tour of the history of technology, how we got to where we are today and how the pace of change continues to increase.


He explored themes such as how computers will be so integral to the world around us that they will cease to be seen as objects in themselves and said that even “cars and phones would need to be reinvented” to keep pace.


In addition to his TV work, Jason is a lecturer on the University of Lincoln’s Product Design courses.


And as well as being a student of ‘all things tech’, he likes to build things, from hoverboards through robots to mind-reading devices, and frequently illustrates his presentations with them.


The other guest speaker at the black-tie dinner, the pinnacle of the award-winning Chamber’s annual events calendar, was Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Chair of the Midlands Engine for Growth.


Sir John commended the efforts of businesses across the region and the Chamber for the work it does and said there was a need for greater investment in education, skills and housing across the region, adding that HS2 will help to drive the regional economy.


“The midlands is a great place to live and there is much positivity,” he told the 400+ guests.


Earlier in the evening, Chamber President Kevin Harris, Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and Managing Partner in the Leicester office of RSM, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, talked about his goals for his year as President.


First among those goals was helping businesses to make the transition towards a post-Brexit economy, which has been achieved through the Chamber’s Brexit Advisory Group which, he said, had “gained significant recognition nationally, attracting high profile visitors from Government”.


Widespread interest in the Brexit Advisory Group had also helped achieve Kevin’s second goal, which, he explained, was “to ensure that Government both heard and heeded the voice of business as it worked its way through the complicated process of our exit from the EU”.


He added: “We have done this through continued interaction with members, both at a regional level and directly through our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce, by taking the business message to the heart of Westminster,” to debate directly with Ministers, something he described as “a highlight of my time in office”.


He also talked about the opportunities that lie ahead and of the work being undertaken by Local Enterprise Partnerships to deliver local Industrial Strategies.


Of the future, he said: “The key to optimising our position is summed up in one word, collaboration.”


The Chamber Annual Dinner was held at Colwick Hall, Nottingham. Sponsors included Frame Fast, RDS, the Ministry of Defence, The Dairy, Print Digital Media, Farmer and Carlise Toyota and Great Coaching Matters.