Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke addressing conference
The event was organised by the recently re-named East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, which now represents businesses from the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
About the Conference
The Conference brought together leading businesses from across the region to discuss the state of the East Midlands economy.
More than 100 delegates from both public and private sector organisations gathered at the Goosedale Conference & Banqueting Centre in Papplewick to hear a range of lectures from leading economists, politicians and captains of industry.
A Packed Agenda of High Profile Speakers
A packed agenda of high profile speakers included: Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke, MP for Rushcliffe and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Nottingham East, Chris Leslie. Sadia Sheikh, Senior Regional Economist at Experian, made a particularly noteworthy speech around the huge potential for growth that Internet retailing holds for the East Midlands’ already booming logistics industry.
Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East, speaking
Above Average Growth for the Region
During the Conference, delegates were told that, as the UK moves out of recession, the East Midlands economy is growing at an average rate compared to other regions across the country.
However, if you discount the London area, the East Midlands then becomes one of the top four regions in the UK for post-recession growth.
Liz Fothergill, new Chamber President opening conference
Liz Fothergill, new President of the East Midlands Chamber, commented:
‘In the last year, more private sector jobs were created in the East Midlands than anywhere else in the UK. We are the country’s manufacturing spine and fortunate to have such a balanced economy. We need to move forward now from being the trend-setter to being the leader.’
Panel Discussion and Networking
After the main speakers had finished, the Chamber’s Chief Executive, George Crowcher, chaired a panel discussion, involving local business leaders from a cross section of industry sectors, on the Chamber’s role in promoting the East Midlands in the UK economy.
The evening concluded with an informal drinks reception, offering further opportunities for informal networking and discussion between delegates.
George Crowcher chairing panel discussion
Showcasing our Products and Services
Air-IT were very pleased to be able to attend the event, listen to the high profile speakers, and contribute to discussions about the region’s economic health.
We were also able to showcase our range of IT, communications and telephony services and speak to a number of local businesses about the importance of having the right ICT infrastructure in place in order to enable them to achieve continued growth and success.
Air-IT exhibition stand open for business
Our Managing Director, Todd McQuilkin, comments:
‘As keen supporters of the East Midlands business community, we were very interested in attending this conference and hearing what key business and political leaders had to say about our region’s economic growth, and how this can be sustained now that we’re moving out of recession.
As a high growth business ourselves, our aim is to help other local companies realise their own ambitions by embracing the latest in IT and communications technology.’