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The Chamber of Commerce Annual Business & Economic Conference 2018


Friday 16th November 2018




Chamber Member:

£45.00 + VAT 

Non-Chamber Member:

£55.00 + VAT 


Places Available

Registrations for the Chamber's Annual Conference 2018 have now closed, however should you wish to book a place to attend, please email [email protected] and we will happily book you on.

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Ricoh Arena Jimmy Hill Way Coventry West Midlands CV6 6GE


Complimentary on-site parking is available for all delegates at the Ricoh Arena. Please follow the guidance of the parking stewards on arrival at the venue

Event Detail

Following on from a hugely successful Annual Economic Conference in 2017, your Chamber of Commerce will once again deliver an event packed with prestigious and engaging key-note speakers and stimulating panel sessions. The Chamber's conference is the highlight of the business events calendar in our region. Sponsored by WCG Apprenticeships & PET-Xi Training, the conference brings together over 200 business & civic leaders, MP's, local councillors and a wealth of Chamber members to discuss the issues that matter most to business, as well as looking to the future and the opportunities we have for sustainable business growth.

We have confirmed our keynote speaker for our 2018 conference and look forward to an inspiring talk from journalist & broadcaster Jon Snow. Jon is best known as the longest running presenter of Channel 4 News, which he has presented since 1989, but with strong links to our region as Chair of Trustees for the Heart of England Forest.

Coventry & Warwickshire has much to be proud of since we came together for our last conference - Warwickshire is fast becoming the place to do business after it was revealed the county has the fastest growing economy in the country, Coventry led a successful bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, as well as European City of Sport in 2019, and the Chamber continues to be at the heart of driving our region forwards.

We look forward to seeing you there - an event not to be missed!


8.00am: Guests arrive for registration, refreshments and networking
8.45am: Adam Dent - Welcome, Programme & Housekeeping
8.50am: Louise Bennett OBE, DL & Cllr John Blundell, Lord Mayor of Coventry, Joint Conference Welcome
9.00am: Opening Address – Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands
9.30am: Economic Panel 
 Jonathan Browning, Chair, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP (Lead Panellist) 
 Dominic Bunning, Senior Foreign Exchange Strategist, HSBC
 Abhinay Muthoo, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
 David Burton, Chair, Coventry & Warwickshire Brexit Club

10.00am: Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
10.15am: Speaker – Maggie Philbin, Broadcaster, Founder and CEO of TeenTech

10.45am: Refreshment break

11.15am: Skills Panel 
 Angela Joyce, Chief Executive, Warwickshire College Group (Lead Panellist) 
 Fleur Sexton, Managing Director, PET-Xi Training
 Dr Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity and Skills, WMCA
 Mark Bailie, Executive Headteacher, Finham Multi Academy Trust
 Christian Warden, Head of Skills Development, The Manufacturing Technology Centre

11.45am: An Interview With - Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council & Monica Fogarty, Chief Executive, Warwickshire County Council
12.15pm: Keynote Speaker – Jon Snow, Journalist & Broadcaster
12.45pm: Chamber of Commerce President, John Nollett, Summary Remarks
12.50pm: Calls to Action & Close, Louise Bennett OBE DL
1.00pm: Networking Lunch
2.00pm: Guests Depart

2.00pm: Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Cancellation Policy

Please note that there will be no refund for event attendance cancellation received less than 14 calendar days prior to the event. Should you need to cancel your place at the conference, please email [email protected]


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Phone 024 7665 4321
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Coventry, CV1 2TL


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