Major Midlands business event moved online – but it will still pack a punch

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Louise Bennett

One of the biggest annual business events in Coventry and Warwickshire has been moved online due to the Coronavirus crisis but will focus on recovery and resilience within the economy and region.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Conference, in its 20th year in 2020 as a key event in the business calendar, will take place on Wednesday, November 11.

It will run for two hours but will still pack a major economic punch with a range of speakers from industry as well as decision-makers at a local, regional and national level.

They include West Midlands Mayor Andy Street; Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business & Industry; Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG; Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities; Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Coventry City of Culture Trust; Leigh Hunt, CityFibre’s City Manager Coventry; and Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council.

The event – which will run from 2.30pm until 4.30pm – is being sponsored by CityFibre, Kumari Hart Solicitors, Prime Accountants Group and WCG. Around 300 delegates are expected to join the event which is being broadcast by Istead AV from its Digital Spotlight Studio.

Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our Annual Economic Conference is one of the staples of the regional business calendar and it’s always great to bring together hundreds of businesspeople and decision makers in one room.

“Of course, that’s not possible this year but we thought it was important to hold the event and to cover some of the key topics that affect everyone in business in our region – how we will remain resilient as the crisis continues but, also, explore how we will put our regional economy on the path to recovery.

“As a trusted and accredited organisation, we have been long embedded in the business landscape in Coventry and Warwickshire. It is our job to ensure our businesses’ voices are heard so we still intend to make this an interactive and engaging event for our audience with a chance to put questions and comments to our speakers and panels.

“Our incredible line-up of speakers will be at the heart of that recovery and it will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from them and for our delegates to better understand how the region can come together to trade our way out of this crisis.

“We are very grateful, too, to all of our sponsors who make the conference possible.”