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Brexit and Trade Conference

Host: East Midlands Chamber
Venue: University of Derby, Derbyshire
Date: Tuesday 29th October, 2019
Time: 8am - 12pm
Cost: FREE

With increased political uncertainty - What next for business?

The dedicated conference is designed to provide the most up-to-date Brexit information facing East Midlands businesses.

The aim of the Conference is to provide information and support to businesses with a potential no-deal Brexit around the corner.

The Conference will attempt to answer key questions such as:

  • How will my business trade?
  • What additional import and export costs shall it incur?
  • What duties will apply?
  • How can I mitigate against uncertainty due to Brexit?
  • How will the political situation affect the economy and my business?
  • How will we stay globally competitive?
  • How will my workforce be affected?
  • How will the supply chain be affected, how can I mitigate against this?
  • What alternative products can I buy instead?
  • What do continuity agreements mean for my business?
  • How will my contracts be affected? What should I be doing now?
  • What macro-economic factors are likely to occur and what will they mean for my business?
  • What is the value in attending this conference? 

We know that businesses are looking for advice, guidance and a steer as to how to prepare and position their business before and post Brexit. It is aimed that attendees to this event will : 

  • Understand the latest position on Brexit in regards to trade
  • Hear from active specialists sharing their knowledge and insights
  • Recognise and prioritise repercussions of leaving the European Union 
  • An opportunity to interact and network with other businesses facing similar challenges

Conference Programme 

The programme agenda includes a number of keynote speakers focussing on the two key themes of trade and skills. 


8am - 8.30am- Registration and refreshments 

8.30am - Welcome and opening address

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive,  East Midlands Chamber   (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

8.35am - Beyond Brexit 

 Simon Hart, Brexit Lead Partner and Head of Knowledge   Management, RSM 

A lively summary of topical matters business leaders should be   both aware of and consider, in relation to Brexit, global trade,   global  risks and geopolitical matters. 

Unlocking Productivity using Innovation and Skills

 Professor Warren Manning, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the   College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby 

 Why the Industrial Strategy, decarbonisation, skills and innovation   mean productivity gains for the UK economy and businesses. 

9.35am - Building Agile Businesses - Panel and Q & A 

 Chair: Dr. Pete Dewhurst, Commercial Director, University of Derby

 Panel includes: Simon Hart, Professor Warren Manning, Barry   Aldridge, Marketing Manager at Tidyco, and Anil Jassi, Sales   Manager at Moneycorp.

 The panel will take questions and debate the topic of staying agile   in uncertain times.

10.10am Break and refreshments 

10.35am - Exporting to the EU - Get ready for Brexit 

 Speaker: Ian Harrison, Head of Exports, Department for   International Trade in the Midlands 

 Impact on supply chains, changes to regulations and contracts,   where to find tariff information, and what to communicate with   customers and employees. 

10.55am - Top Five Things SME's to Look Out for with Business Energy

 Speaker: Sam Edwards, Partner Channel Manager UK, The   Consultus International Group

 Considering rish, demand, compliance and resilience what   changes are afoot within business energy after Brexit. 

11.15am - Creating Prepared Businesses - Panel and Q & A 

 Chair: Kevin Harris, Office Managing Partner, RSM 

 Panel includes: Ian Harrsion, Sam Edwards, Saira Demmer, CEO   at SF Recruitment and Keith Mannas, Sales & Marketing     Director, Fujichem, Sonneborn.  

 The panel will take your questions and debate the topic of creating   prepared businesses.

11.50am - Concluding remarks 

 Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East   Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) 

Midday - Event closes. 

1pm-3pm - Business Readiness for Change - Workshop Sessions  - must be  booked separately. 


Business Readiness for Change Workshop Sessions

The Chamber is organising a series of workshops and seminars to ensure businesses are up to date, informed, and crucially, well prepared for all eventualities or changes that might need to be implemented in light of the UK's exist from the EU. 

Three separate workshops will take place immediately after this conference, on the following topics:

You must book, in advance of the conference, to attend these FREE workshops. Click the name of each workshop above to book your place.

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