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Channel 4 newscaster to deliver Chamber's conference keynote

One of the UK’s leading newscasters and correspondents will be the keynote speaker at the region’s largest business conference.

Channel 4 newscaster to deliver Chamber's conference keynote

Veteran Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow will headline the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s annual business and economic conference at the Ricoh Arena in November.

The BAFTA-award winning journalist is a former ITN Washington correspondent and has been the face of Channel 4 for almost 30 years.

He is also chair of the Heart of England Forest Trust, a Warwickshire-based charity established by publishing entrepreneur Felix Dennis, which is committed to helping reverse centuries of woodland decline by planting a 30,000 acre joined up forest of entirely native broadleaf trees across the region.

Television presenter, and CEO of multi-award-winning TeenTech, Maggie Philbin will also be speaking at the event. TeenTech runs initiatives to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Philbin is President of the Institute of Engineering Design, Chair of the UK Digital Skills Taskforce.

More than 200 businesses, MPs, councillors, and civic leaders will attend the event on November 16 for a day of key-note speakers and panel sessions on the pressing issues in local and national business.

Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Louise Bennett, said: “The Chamber annual business and economic conference is the premier event of its type in our area and has grown in recent years.

“We have had a string of thought-provoking speakers and Jon Snow will very much continue that trend. He is one of the most respected commentators and journalists in the industry and it will be very interesting to hear his take on a range of issues – especially as we will be just four months from Brexit.

“The conference is a great opportunity for businesses to air their concerns and to interact with their elected officials and decision makers, as well as their peers.

“While the outlook for businesses is generally very good across Coventry and Warwickshire, there will always be issues that need addressing and areas we can improve on and conference is a great arena for that.”

November’s conference will follow on from the #CWRocks Business Expo in September, which will attract hundreds of businesses across the region.

The expo on September 28 will also see the launch of the chamber’s new campaign ‘Go For Growth – Trade Local’.

The initiative is designed to encourage local businesses look closer to home within the area when procuring goods and services in order to promote growth within the region.

Attendance to the #CWRocks is free for both Chamber and non-Chamber members, with complimentary parking offered to all attendees.

You can register your visitor’s place for the #CWRocks expo here: www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events/cwrocks-business-expo-visitor-registration/

Bookings for the business conference can be made here: www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events/the-chamber-of-commerce-annual-business-economic-conference-2018/

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