Warwickshire businesses to discuss what they want from the new PM at annual conference - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire businesses to discuss what they want from the new PM at annual conference

BUSINESSES will get to discuss what they want from the new Prime Minister at the annual Coventry and Warwickshire conference.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Annual Business and Economic Conference on Friday November 11.

More than 200 delegates are already booked to attend the event which will focus on the current challenges facing businesses, including rising interest rates, energy costs, inflation, raw material sourcing and costs, recruitment and retention issues and other barriers to growth.

It will also explore some of the opportunities that businesses in the region can take advantage of.

The conference will be hosted by Chamber Chief Executive Corin Crane, who will also chair an Economic Panel which will include Liam Conway from Control Energy Costs, Steve Harcourt from Prime Accountants Group and Angela Joyce CEO of WCG.

They will discuss issues that are holding back growth and what businesses want from new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

While a Business Confidence panel will be chaired by Professor Martin Reeves Chief Executive of Coventry City Council and will include Monica Fogarty Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Council, Martin Sutherland Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, Dr Fleur Sexton founder of PET-Xi and Atul Lakhani CEO of IXL Events Centre.

The panel will look at some of the exciting developments on the horizon for Coventry and Warwickshire around inward investment, investment zones, innovation, a potential Gigafactory and the legacy of Coventry 2021. It will also explore opportunities for upskilling and reskilling, growth in business and leisure tourism and social mobility.

The conference will close with a keynote speech from Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, who was homeless on the streets of South Wales at the age of 15 before starting a career with the fire service at the age of 18.

Corin Crane said: “I am really looking forward to this year’s conference – my first as Chief Executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. It’s a chance to get business people and decision makers from across our great region in one room and look at the issues we’re all facing.

“Not only that, we can start to look at some of the opportunities for businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire to grow and to come up with real and tangible solutions to the problems that companies across the patch are dealing with on a day-to-day basis.”

For more information or to book a place visit https://www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events/annual-business-economic-conference-2022/

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