Kent Business Summit in 2018

Kent Business Summit 2019 brings together MPs, academics and business leaders

The Kent Business Summit 2019 will take place on Friday 11 January, with numerous high-profile speakers and guests taking part.

The event has been organised by the Kent Business School (KBS) in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IOD), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Locate in Kent (LiK). It follows on from the first highly successful summit that took place in January 2018.

Over 300 people have already registered for the event, underlining the importance to organisations of all types in Kent to hear from key decision makers and their peers on how to sustain economic growth in the county, particularly in light of the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will create.

Delegates will have the chance to hear from a number of high-profile speakers including the Minister for Small Business and MP for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst, who will provide an update on the latest developments around Brexit relevant to SMEs, while Mark Valleley, Technical Manager with Transport for the Southeast, will discuss plans for an integrated transport system for Kent.

Others speakers at the event include Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent, the CEO of Visit Kent, Deirdre Wells OBE and Gavin Cleary the CEO of Locate in Kent. The full agenda can be viewed online.

Following the plenary, a series of roundtable discussions will take place covering a variety of key issues pertinent to Kent businesses, such as boosting innovation and productivity, skills development and how to attract businesses and visitors to the county.

Event organiser Floortje Hoette from KBS said: ‘The summit is a prime opportunity for businesses, academics and local government to work on realistic action plans tackling specific challenges for Kent. We encourage businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to attend and take part in what promises to be a thought-provoking and insightful event.’

For those wishing to attend there are still a limited number of tickets left for the event. Tickets cost £25 and include both breakfast and lunch and a post-event summit report collating the day’s discussion. Those interested in attending are asked to register online. The event opens at 07.30 for breakfast and registration with the first talk at 08.30.