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Kent Business Summit 2021

Register for Kent Business Summit 2021


The Kent and Medway Business Summit will return for its fourth year on 15th January 2021 with a clear focus on business resilience, renewal and strategy for a return to growth.

Hosted annually at the University of Kent by Kent Business School and its partners; Federation of Small Business, Institute of Directors and Locate in Kent, the Kent and Medway Business Summit brings together some 400 businesses and policy makers to debate key themes.

Expert keynote speakers will cover topics on the economy and latest developments in Brexit. Workshops will deliver insights into areas including productivity, infrastructure, placemaking and skills and offer the opportunity for businesses to have their say on developing strategy.

In 2021, the Summit will be hosted virtually using the exciting platform, Remo, which offers unparalleled opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The Summit offers the chance for businesses, large and small, across multiple sectors to contribute to the debate shaping the future of our county.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Smith at KBSbusiness@kent.ac.uk 




Kent and Medway Business Summit

Agenda

January 15 2021 in Remo

 

9.30-9.50            Conference opens for networking

9.50-10.00          Welcome - Gavin Esler, Chancellor, University of Kent and

                              Deborah Turner, FSB Chair for Women in Business

10.00-10.30        The UK Economy: Drawing on the most recent Bank of England Monetary Policy Report 

                              insights into inflation, unemployment, GPD and trends into 2021 and beyond, Phil         

                              Eckersley, Bank of England and Q&A

10.30-10.50        Attracting investment to Kent and Medway: an action plan from Locate in Kent,

                                Gavin Cleary, CEO, Locate in Kent

11.00-12.00        Main Room

   11.00-11.15  Medway - The Beacon for Recovery, Richard Hicks, Director of Place

                           and Deputy Chief Executive, Medway Council

   11.15-11.30  Accelerating Renewal: Cllr Roger Gough, Leader, Kent County Council    

   11.30-12.00  What our new Political Relationship with the EU means for Business,

                           Prof Anand Menon, Director, UK in a changing Europe. Q&A.

11.00-12.00        Workshops 1 & 2:

1.      Necessity is the mother of invention: innovation and productivity in Kent’s

        local independent food and drink sector – lessons learnt and next steps.

2.      New-collar jobs: skilling and retaining talent in Kent and Medway for our                           cultural/creative/digital future

12.00-12.30        Lunch and networking

12.40-13.40        Main Room

  12.40-13.10   Networking opportunities

  13.10-13.50   The Business impact of Covid-19 Dr Roger Barker,

                           Head of Policy, Institute of Directors. Q&A.


12.40-13.40       Workshops 3 & 4:

3.      Placemaking for Kent and Medway: shaping our future high streets and town centres

4.      People, Planet, Profit: Our opportunity to create a green economy by building a
 sustainable infrastructure for Kent and Medway

13.40-14.10       Emotion AI and future trends, Rana el Kaliouby.  Q&A.

14.10-14.15       Closing remarks

14.15-                 Networking



COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS - OVERVIEW

  1. Necessity is the mother of invention: innovation and productivity in Kent’s local independent food and drink sector – lessons learnt and next steps

Chair: Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive, Produced in Kent.

Dr Alessia Buscaino, School of Biosciences, University of Kent - Growing Kent and Medway: funding opportunities for food and drink producers.

Jonathan Parker, CEO, Foodari, Industry insight: Pivoting during Covid-19.

 

  1. New-collar jobs: skilling Kent and Medway for our cultural/creative/digital future

Chair: James Wilkinson, Digital Skills Partnership Coordinator, South East Local Economic Partnership.

Lizzie Hodgson, Re:Gen 2031 advisory board and Creative Estuary project.

George Windsor, Head of Insight, Tech Nation

 

  1. Placemaking for Kent and Medway: shaping our future high streets


Chair: Graham Galpin, Fellow, Institute of Place Management


Mark Robinson, CEO of Ellandi and Chairman of the High Street Task Force


Peter Nutting, Leader of Shropshire County Council and a Partner in the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan

 

  1. People, Planet, Profit: Our opportunity to create a green economy by building a sustainable infrastructure for Kent and Medway

Chair: Dr Rufus Howard, chief advisor, IEMA

David Statham, Managing Director, Southeastern Railways - Respond, Recover, Improve. Sustainable recovery of the railway after Covid-19.

Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Advisor UK, Ørsted

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