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BCC Annual Conference 2014

Written by Paula Devine | 10 Jan 2014

BCC Annual Conference 2014: Ed Balls, Theo Paphitis and Sir John Armitt join business leaders to discuss how to move the economy from Good to Great

  • BCC Annual Conference: 1st April 2014, QE2 Conference Centre, London

At a critical time in our economic recovery, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is hosting its Annual Conference, titled ‘State of the Nation – Good to Great’ to consider how Britain can capitalise upon current growth. Politicians, business leaders, and members of the media will join together to debate the future of British Business in a globalised economy, and consider how companies can break into new markets.

Billed as Britain’s best ‘B2P’ – business to politicians – summit, the event attracts a high calibre of broadcast, print and online media attention. Ahead of the UK General Election in 2015, and the European Parliament Election in 2014, speakers will be asked some of the key questions facing British businesses at present. Discussions will centre around rebalancing the economy towards net exports, the importance of infrastructure investment, and the skills of the workforce of today and tomorrow.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer • Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist for the UK and Europe for J.P. Morgan Asset Management • Allister Heath, Editor, City AM • Theo Paphitis, Entrepreneur
  • John Peet, Europe Editor, Economist • Jill McDonald, North West Division President and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK • Colin Matthews, Chief Executive, Heathrow Airport • Kamal Ahmed, outgoing Business Editor, Sunday Telegraph  • Justin Urquhart Stewart, Economic Commentator, co-founder, Seven Investment Management • Vicky Pryce, Senior Economic Commentator • Andrew Sentance, former member of the Bank of England MPC and senior economic adviser, PwC • James Ashton, Head of Business, The London Evening Standard, Independent, Independent on Sunday and i
  • Mats Persson, Director, Open Europe • John Longworth, Director General,  British Chambers of Commerce • Nora Senior, President, British Chambers of Commerce

Commenting ahead of the Annual Conference, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“We are at a critical phase of our economic recovery. Long term solutions must be implemented to safeguard growth, wealth creation and national prosperity. This will require significant and structural change. We cannot risk being derailed by short-term political infighting. By bringing together Britain’s political leaders across the spectrum alongside the business community to debate these issues, we can work to move our economy from being just good to truly great.”


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Topics: Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, economy, British Chambers of Commerce

Paula Devine

Written by Paula Devine

Paula is Head of Membership and Global Services at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

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