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The Kent and Medway Business Summit

The Kent and Medway Business Summit at The University of Kent is returning (in person) on Wednesday 27 April from 8:30am to 2:15pm

Registration details below (£10 discount for BID members)

Over 300 Kent businesses, decision-makers and academic experts are expected to attend the summit to connect, collaborate and learn, to discuss regional challenges and to promote Kent and Medway as a sustainable, innovative, forward-thinking and outward-looking region.

Throughout the event, you will have the chance to hear from a number of high-profile speakers including:

  • Kitty Ussher, Chief Economist, Institute of Directors – The UK Economy: Insights and trends for 2022 and beyond
  • Cllr Roger Gough, Leader, Kent County Council – Delivering a sustainable economy: Kent’s horizon to 2030
  • Richard Hicks, Deputy Chief Executive, Medway Council – Our future is Medway: Major projects and regional strategy
  • Andy Martin, Strategy and Communications Director, London Resort

Most importantly, however, the summit gives the business community a voice and platform to share experiences with those who matter.

There will be collaborative workshops in four key areas

  • Place-making: Realising the potential of our cultural and creative industries, chaired by Lisa Carlson, CEO of the Canterbury Business Improvement District and Chair of the Association of Town and City Management
  • Productivity: How to build resilience and increase productivity in SMEs, chaired by Dr Catherine Robinson, Deputy Dean, Kent Business School
  • The future of work: Skilling, retaining and attracting talent within the region in a post-pandemic landscape, chaired by Gavin Cleary, Chief Executive, Locate in Kent
  • Sustainable innovation: A route map to a sustainable Kent and Medway, chaired by Josh Pitman, Priory Direct

Find out more about the workshops, view the latest agenda and register here:

Tickets and registration: £40, covering all presentations, choice of workshop and refreshments including a sustainable Kentish buffet lunch. £10 discount for BID members:

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