Businesses back annual economic event which is set to attract around 300 virtual delegates - The Rugby Observer

Businesses back annual economic event which is set to attract around 300 virtual delegates

Rugby Editorial 31st Oct, 2020   0

FOUR businesses have given their backing to one of the biggest economic events in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Conference, now in its 20th year, will take place on Wednesday, November 11 and has been moved to an online format.

CityFibre, Kumari Hart Solicitors, Prime Accountants Group and WCG are all sponsors for the annual conference, which is set to attract around 300 delegates.

The event will focus on recovery and resilience and will hear from a range of speakers from industry as well as decision-makers at a local, regional and national level. The conference will also look at the impact for businesses of the end of the EU Transition period.

Leigh Hunt, of CityFibre, said: “During 2020 we have seen a massive change in our business and social behaviour, which could not have been imagined at the beginning of the year.

“Given the challenging environment we are working in, it is essential our local entrepreneurs and wealth generators can continue to come together. In doing so we can learn about the bounce-back plans for the sub-region and hear of the opportunities that that Coventry 2021 and Birmingham 2022 will bring.”

Anu Hart, of Kumari Hart Solicitors, said: “We are providing legal support to many businesses throughout Coventry and Warwickshire so we know that some sectors have been devastated. We have also seen some real success stories, especially with clients that have adapted and diversified.

“We are looking forward to gaining more insight on the pathway to recovery and to adapt how we can provide businesses with support going forward.”

The conference will deliver a mix of panel discussions and speakers including West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, business and industry minister Nadhim Zahawi MP, WCG CEO Angela Joyce, Centre for Cities chief executive Andrew Carter, Coventry City of Culture Trust chief executive Martin Sutherland, CityFibre’s City Manager Coventry Leigh Hunt, and Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council.

Steve Harcourt, of Prime Accountants Group, said: “These speakers will give insight in to how the economy will recover from the global pandemic and what local businesses can do to be best placed as we come out of the other side.”

Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, said: “WCG works closely with businesses across the region and holds strong partnerships with many fellow members of the Chamber. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to build those relationships and speak directly with businesses to find out what skills they need to support their future development, especially the digital skills which are the focus this year.”

The two-hour event is being broadcast by Istead AV from its Digital Spotlight Studio.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re all very much looking forward to this year’s annual conference. Of course, this is normally an opportunity for everyone to come together in one room to hear from key speakers at a local, regional and national level.

“This year, delegates will be watching the event from their own office or home but are still going to hear from a great line-up of speakers on all the key matters affecting the region. We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for backing this year’s conference and for helping us to bring together such a fantastic event.”

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