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Kent & Medway Business Summit - Virtual Conference 15th Jan 2021

The Kent and Medway Business Summit will return for its fourth year on 15th January 2021 with a clear focus on business resilience, renewal and strategy for a return to growth.


Hosted annually at the University of Kent by Kent Business School and its partners; Federation of Small Business, Institute of Directors and Locate in Kent, the Kent and Medway Business Summit brings together some 400 businesses and policy makers to debate key themes.

Expert keynote speakers will cover topics on the economy and latest developments in Brexit. Workshops will deliver insights into areas including productivity, infrastructure, placemaking and skills and offer the opportunity for businesses to have their say on developing strategy.

In 2021, the Summit will be hosted virtually using the exciting platform, Remo, which offers unparalleled opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The Summit offers the chance for businesses, large and small, across multiple sectors to contribute to the debate shaping the future of our county.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Rebecca Smith at

Kent and Medway Business Summit Running Order

9.30-9.50 Conference opens for networking

9.50-10.05 Welcome

10.05-10.40 The latest economic overview, Phil Eckersley, Bank of England and Q&A.

10.40-11.00 Networking

11.00-12.00 Lecture Theatre

11.00-11.20 Business opportunities from major regional projects and development, Locate in Kent

11.20-11.40 Roadmap to Renewal: Kent and Medway councils update on regional strategy for business renewal

11.40-12.00 Business impact of Brexit, Prof Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe

11.00-12.00 Workshops 1 & 2:

1. Necessity is the mother of invention: innovation and productivity in Kent’s local independent food and drink sector – lessons learnt and next steps.

2. New-collar jobs: skilling Kent and Medway for our cultural/creative/digital future

12.00-12.35 Lunch and networking

12.35-1.35 Lecture Theatre

12.35-1.00 The Business impact of Covid-19 Dr Roger Barker, Head of Policy, Institute of Directors. Q&A

1.00-1.30 Final keynote (TBA)

12.35-1.35 Workshops 3&4:

3. Placemaking for Kent and Medway: shaping our future high streets

4. A green economy: Building a sustainable infrastructure for Kent and Medway

1.35-1.40 Comfort break

1.40-1.45 Closing remarks

1.45-2.15 Networking
By Martin White from Supply My Business, 4 weeks ago.

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