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BCC Annual Conference: Chuka Umunna and Vince Cable added to a stellar line-up of speakers

Published 27th Jan 2015 by Rebecca Walker

Chuka Umunna MP and Vince Cable MP will join a host of senior politicians and business leaders at the upcoming British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference on 10th February at QEII Conference Centre, London to debate a true ‘Business Plan for Britain’. Just three months before the general election, the conference will feature speakers at the heart of the business growth agenda, and from across the political spectrum.

Chuka Umunna MP and Vince Cable MP will join a host of senior politicians and business leaders at the upcoming British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference on 10th February at QEII Conference Centre, London to debate a true ‘Business Plan for Britain’. Just three months before the general election, the conference will feature speakers at the heart of the business growth agenda, and from across the political spectrum.

Speakers and panellists will focus on addressing four business-critical themes - developing the talents of the next generation, growing UK exports, devolution to all regions of the UK and Britain’s position in the world. The conference, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, BT Business, DHL Express, Heathrow Airport and AXA PPP healthcare, will also bring together more than 800 businesspeople from a range of industries, and from across the UK.

Speakers include:

  • Senior cabinet ministers
  • Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons
  • John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • António Horta‐Osório, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Margaret Mountford, Chair, The Bright Ideas Trust and former judge on BCC’s The Apprentice
  • Angus Thirwell, CEO and Founder, Hotel Chocolat
  • Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Rugby World Cup Winning Head Coach
  • John Longworth, BCC Director General

Tickets are available by visiting the Annual Conference website: http://www.bccconference.co.uk/

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

"We’re very pleased to add Chuka Umunna and Vince Cable to an already impressive line-up of speakers at our conference. As this years’ general election is set to be the most unpredictable vote in decades, our Annual Conference offers senior politicians the opportunity to clearly set out how they will deliver a more confident and more enterprising Britain. By setting out a true ‘Business Plan for Britain’, the political parties can instil confidence among British businesses across the country, so they can focus on delivering long –term growth and prosperity for the UK."

Adding to John Longworth’s comments, Martin Hathaway, the Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Chamber says:

"The Annual BCC Conference is well-established as a leading Business Event which attracts the top Politicians, Economists and Business Leaders as both speakers and delegates. The Conference addresses the most pressing issues and challenges affecting business and the British Economy, and the planned debates for this years Conference are being targeted at the most critically important policies and economic strategies – the success of which will be paramount to the UK’s continued and sustainable economic wellbeing. Scheduled just three months before the General Election, this year’s Conference is more important than ever, and I would recommend Chamber members together with the wider business community to attend if you can – you won’t be disappointed."


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