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What do businesses want to see from a Brexit deal to safeguard their sectors? What are the key risks posed by Brexit? What are the opportunities?
Hear the views of local business leaders as they examine the risks and opportunities it presents. We will also discuss what action we need to see from government to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the region’s economy as we leave the European Union.
Exciting presenters include London Electric Vehicle Company (Formerly London Taxi Company) about the impact on the Automotive sector, Warwickshire County Council about the regions labour market and skills, and the British Chambers of Commerce about the work they are doing to lobby government on behalf of the business community.
As Brexit negotiations gather pace, this is your opportunity to hear and contribute to the debate. The event will provide a platform for you, and the wider Coventry and Warwickshire business community, to outline your views and will inform the stance of the Chamber of Commerce as they lobby government on behalf of the region at this crucial time.
- Anastassia Beliakova
- Senior Trade Policy Manager, British Chambers Of Commerce
Anastassia leads on trade policy: representing the views of Chamber businesses on exporting, trade relations and Brexit to government and other stakeholders. She is also helping develop an international network of British Chambers of Commerce across 40 countries. Prior to the BCC, Anastassia worked in corporate communications at the PR firm Bell Pottinger. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in Modern Languages.
- David Ayton-Hill
- Head of Economy and Skills at Warwickshire County Council
- David Ollier
- Head of Strategy, Public Affairs & Communications , LEVC
As Head of Strategy, Public Affairs and Communications, David leads LEVC’s strategy development, public and governmental affairs, and communications and media relations. LEVC (formerly LTC) manufactures the world’s only purpose-built, mass-market range extended electric taxi. The new electric taxi is manufactured at a new facility at Ansty, near Coventry, purpose-built with a £325m investment by LEVC’s parent company Geely. The company recently relaunched as LEVC (London EV Company), marking the next stage in the company’s transformation to be the urban commercial vehicle provider of choice for cities around the world. Prior to joining LEVC, David worked on public affairs and media relations for a number of multinational steel-making companies, including Tata Steel Europe.
- Nigel Driffield
- Deputy Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Regional Engagement)
Nigel Driffield is Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, having held a similar post at Aston Business School for 10 years which included a spell as the dean of the business school. He has a PhD from Reading University, and has published some 75 academic papers across a range of disciplines including international business, regional science, finance, and economics. His main areas of interest are: • The links between firm internationalisation and firm performance • The impact of inward investment on host locations • International technology transfer • Policy responses to globalisation He recently held a Prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, investigating the impact of internationally mobile capital on both home and source countries, particularly in terms of competitiveness and labour markets. More generally, he has held 4 ESRC awards, and has carried out research and consultancy projects for UNCTAD, World Bank, European Commission, OECD, and in the UK several Government Departments and local Regional Development bodies. Locally, he has worked with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP since its inception, serving on the economics strategy board, chairing the academic advisory group, and on the executive steering committees for both the Heseltine Report and the Strategic Economic Plan. He has more recently written extensively on the prospects for inward investment post Brexit. He was on the Business and Management Sub-panel for the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, and is a member of the ESRC grants panel. is on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, the “World Elite” journal in the area of international business.
- Adam Shutter
- Managing Director Exact Logistics
Adam has worked in logistics for over 30 years. After international experience in the parcels sector he led the logistics input to the CBI’s "1992 Initiative" to help British firms prepare for the single European market (SEM). He then set up a specialist automotive logistics carrier with contracts throughout Europe. As European Development Director for a major pallet network he was responsible for setting up the Benelux, Iberian and pan-European networks. Deciding that he had had enough of airports and hotels, he spotted a niche for a flexible and responsive palletised freight carrier in Warwickshire and set up Exact Logistics in 2009 with his wife Karen. Adam is spearheading the growth of Exact Logistics’ European services, particularly to /from Germany. Adam is joint sector leader for logistics in the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival.