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Surrey Chambers of Commerce supporting COBCOE with ‘We need to talk about…The Global Future of Business’ Conference

8th May 2018

Surrey Chambers of Commerce have become a supporting partner of the ‘We need to talk about… The Global Future of Business’ conference being hosted by COBCOE at the International Business Festival in Liverpool on 12th June 2018.

With big changes ahead, businesses need to plan. Therefore we have decided to support COBCOE (Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe) with their conference so that you can hear first-hand from key government representatives and international business leaders on:

  • What will the desired Brexit agreement look like?
  • Government strategies to promote skills, productivity, FDI and UK-EU trade after Brexit
  • Changes to supply chains, trading patterns and the way we work
  • How UK and European businesses can compete in fast-changing global markets

Keynote speaker: Robin Walker MP, Minister, Department for Exiting the European Union

  • How the transition period will work for business
  • Key milestones in transition
  • The future UK-EU relationship


Why attend this conference?

  • Hear first hand from leading figures on the big issues affecting businesses
  • Find out out what the future holds and get new insights from senior figures
  • Make new contacts by networking with international counterparts
  • Free Entry to this conference and the whole International Business Festival, Liverpool

Confirmed speakers and panellists include

  • Bertrand de Comminges, Head of Business Development, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, Europe, will discuss the future of FDI into the UK and the possible Brexit trade deal
  • Tadeusz Kościński, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Poland
  • Paul Hardy, Brexit Director, DLA Piper
  • Helen Brand OBE, CEO, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Stephen Phipson, CEO, EEF– the manufacturers’ organisation
  • Representatives from British chambers of commerce across Europe and the UK
  • David Thomas MBE, Executive Chairman, COBCOE

Conference outline

We need to talk about… Brexit as a catalyst for change 

  • UK business – Trade organisations discuss how to prepare for the changes
  • European business – Effects of Brexit and the need to develop a competitive edge

We need to talk about… The ultimate Brexit trade agreement 

  • Panel discussion: What is the strategy for driving competitiveness, growth, productivity FDI as well as frictionless trade?

We need to talk about… Reshaping the supply chain and changing how we work 

  • Skills, growth and industrial strategy
  • The future of work as we know it
  • Central Eastern Europe – from poor relation to industrial powerhouse