Business news and events - November 2019

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Chamber Annual Economic Conference

Chamber Annual Conference

Friday 15 November 2019
08.00 - 14.00
DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry Paradise Way Walsgrave Triangle Coventry West Midlands CV2 2ST

There are less 2 weeks to go until Coventry & Warwickshire’s biggest annual business event – and it is set to be another sell out event this year.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Conference is taking place on Friday 15 November , at the DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry and will feature a range of regional and national speakers.

It is set to be attended by around 300 delegates – including leading businesspeople, local authorities and MPs – as it is seen as one of the most important dates in the business events calendar.

Already, there are only a handful of places left to attend the event, which is headline sponsored by WCG and supported by the Coventry & Warwickshire Careers Hubs.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “With a couple of weeks to go, we are very close to reaching capacity so it’s important that businesses book their places now.

“The event comes at a critical time and it will be an opportunity to hear from key figures on a regional and national level.

“We have secured a fantastic array of speakers and contributors this year and it promises to be a great event.”

The conference will hear from keynote speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE – the record-breaking expedition leader, who was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by foot.

Presenter, broadcaster and journalist, Naga Munchetty, best known from BBC Breakfast, will host the conference, which will feature addresses and panel discussions with a range of business figures and key decision makers.

That includes an economic panel that will be led by Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, who will be joined by Steve Harcourt, director at Prime Accountants Group; Mark Berrisford-Smith, head economist at HSBC Commercial Banking; Jonathan Browning, chair of Coventry and Warwickshire LEP; and Sarah Pullen, Managing Director of Reach Plc.

Skills will also be on the agenda as Angela Joyce, chief executive of WCG, and Professor John Latham, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, will take part in an ‘interview with’ session with the conference host, Naga Munchetty.

Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, and Monica Fogarty, chief executive of Warwickshire County Council, will also be interviewed as the conference looks at the latest developments in the region.

For more information and to book your place at the conference visit:

Thrive Mental Health Star Awards


Nominations for the WMCA Mental Health Star Awards 2020 are now open!

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is hosting the Mental Health Star Awards 2020 to celebrate the ground breaking work being done across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing. We are asking you to nominate your Mental Health Stars. Nominations close on Sunday 3 November 2019.

You can nominate anyone for a Mental Health Star award, whether it’s the friend that helped you through a difficult period, the GP who always takes the time to talk, a manager who has been supportive or the volunteer who gives up their evenings to provide support to vulnerable people in their community.

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