The summit was organised in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and Locate in Kent. Over 350 delegates from the regional business community, local government and county educational institutions took part to discuss working together in ensuring sustainable economic growth for Kent.
Plenary presentations were followed by 15 round table discussions focused on priority areas for the county: transport infrastructure, placemaking, innovation and productivity and skills development.
The round tables were asked to identify three priority areas related to their topic of discussion, as well as five actions to be taken in the year to come. The outcomes of these discussions have been summarised in the Kent Business Summit report. This will serve as a reference document for stakeholders involved in the continuing economic development of Kent.
Smarter use of technology, the need for integrated planning, embracing the creative industries, more knowledge sharing and a focus on sustainable solutions were just some of the suggestions translated into concrete actions for 2019.
Commenting on the launch of the report, University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox said: ‘The Kent Business Summit has already become a key event in the business community’s calendar across the county and demonstrates the University’s commitment to its civic role in the region.
‘The Kent Business Summit Summary Report provides a comprehensive overview of the thought-provoking discussions that took place at the most recent event. We hope it will prove useful to both everyone who attended and those that were unable to be there on the day and serve as a key document for ongoing discussions aimed at ensuring Kent is well served for the future, culturally, socially and economically.’
The 2020 Kent Business Summit will take place on Friday 10 January in the Sibson building on the University’s Canterbury campus. The summit partners are currently building the 2020 agenda, which will build on the report and results achieved, and seek to inspire through a panel of nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
Anyone with questions about the report, feedback about the summit or suggestions for next year’s event is asked to contact KBS via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01227 824068. There is also a new LinkedIn for the summit that organisations across Kent are encouraged to join.