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State of the Economy Conference 2018

Host: East Midlands Chamber
Venue: Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby, DE21 6DA
Date: Friday 9th November, 2018
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: Member Cost: £25.00 + VAT, Non-member Cost: £75.00 + VAT

Bringing together business leaders from across the East Midlands, this is the only conference that focuses on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

Through a series of keynote speakers and expert panels, we will examine the latest research and projections for the regional and national economy in the run-up to the UK leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. 

With strong regional performance continuing to take place against a backdrop of Brexit negotiations and political instability, this event will consider how to enhance the competitiveness of East Midlands businesses, and the political and economic levers that can be used to support them.

This conference seeks to send Westminster some compelling messages about infrastructure, business support and Brexit priorities on behalf of the regional business community in order to sustain the region's long-term economic vitality.

Why Should I attend? 

  • Understand the strategic vision for the East Midlands
  • Hear from leading economic analysts, political representatives, prominent regional business-leaders
  • Gain an insight into the challenges the region's economy faces post-Brexit
  • An opportunity to influence, and convey compelling messages from business to key decision-makers


1pm Welcome Ian Morgan – Chairman, Derbyshire County Cricket Club & Scott Knowles – Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

1.10pm UK Economic Landscape - Current Performance Speaker to be announced shortly

1.25pm Economic Prognosis / Harnessing the Region’s Potential Speaker to be announced shortly

1.40pm The Significance of Connectivity in a Modern Global Economy East Midlands Airport 

1.50pm Panel Discussion 1: A Vision for Delivering Growth in Uncertain Times David Williams – Chairman, Geldards, Paul Harris – Director of Economic Development, Rolls-Roye & Susan Hallam – CEO, Hallam Internet

2.10pm Break

2.25pm The View from Westminster Robert Jenrick MP (Newark) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

2.40pm A Vision for the East Midlands in a post-Brexit UK Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce

3.10pm Panel Discussion 2: Business Versatility: Accommodating Brexit and Volatile Operating Conditions. Panellists to be confirmed shortly

4pm Concluding Remarks and Close Chris Hobson – Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber


Dr Adam Marshall - Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Adam Marshall was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector of business, and employing over five million people in the UK.

Previously, Adam served as the BCC’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs and as Acting Director General.

Prior to joining BCC, Adam helped start up the Centre for Cities, built commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media. 

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