Kent organises major conference for county business leaders

The University will host a conference on Friday 12 January, 2018 that will bring together businesses, public sector leaders, MPs and academics to discuss the challenges and opportunities the region faces as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

The Kent Business Summit: Shaping Kent’s Future in a Global Economy event has been organised by Kent Business School (KBS) in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors and is sponsored by audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill.

University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox said the conference was a great opportunity for organisations and individuals across Kent to come together and focus on the future of the county during this period of change.

‘Bringing businesses, public sector organisations and academia together to share ideas, knowledge and opinions during the Brexit process and beyond will provide us with a great opportunity to prepare for the future. The University of Kent is proud to host such an event.’

The conference will begin at 8.00am with a series of breakfast roundtable discussions giving attendees the chance to network with their peers about key issues they are all facing such as exports, innovation and leadership.

Several prominent guest speakers are also taking part including David Smith, Director of Economic Development at Kent County Council and Jane Ollis, director of start-up Quvium while former BBC South East political journalist Louise Stewart will host a panel discussion at the end of the event.

There will also be a talk from Vagelis Gizelis, the owner of a major Greek manufacturing company, who will share his experience of steering his firm through the turbulent economic times that Greece has experienced over the past few years.

The Kent Business Summit will take place at the University’s new £37m Sibson building and the cost to attend is £20 with breakfast provided. There will also be the opportunity to attend a lunch after the event with high-profile guests including several Kent MPs for a further £20.

The summit is the first event as part of the University’s new pop-up research institute, Project UK, a five-year cross-faculty project that will examine the short-to-long term economic, geo-political and social implications for the UK before and after it leaves the European Union.