Sussex`s economic growth and development will be the main subject matter of the conference and will see many high-profile keynote speakers on the panels to include economists, politicians, local government bodies, public-private partnerships, universities and more. Attending delegates will comprise many of the counties businesses, members of the chambers of commerce, local government bodies and its numerous institutions.
The two-day conference will open on Thursday 16th November 2017 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel with the Gala Business Dinner which will include a top keynote speaker and will be attended by politicians, local MPs, heads of the local county councils, chambers of commerce’s and many of the top local businesses.
On Friday 17th November, The Sussex Economic Forum 2017 Conference will open in earnest at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel with up to 750 delegates attending the full day conference. The Keynote speakers will provide key messages and insights relating to the future of business in the county and the country as a whole and they will offer delegates insight into the present and future corporate markets, share the latest trends and demonstrate market forecasts. Economic growth in Sussex leads to major improvements in living standards and helps to expand its existing markets and opens new ones, which in turn will help to ensure a bright future for local businesses and its inhabitants, as long as businesses ensure profits are re-invested and recirculated within local economies.
Lucy Paine, Catalyst Programme Manager at the Sussex Innovation Centre, will be a key speaker at the event and will no doubt have innumerable pearls of wisdom to help local businesses grow and innovate.
Launched in 2014, the Catalyst scheme provides a unique opportunity for Sussex graduates and placement year students to work with a range of local businesses. The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, was nominated as one of the most innovative projects at the 2017 UK Science Park awards.
The team have worked on more than 500 projects for more than 150 clients, creating many new jobs and industry placements in the process. Graduates on the scheme gain experience of real, meaningful work in a range of different roles and company cultures, learning more about themselves and their future ambitions. Many of them have gone on to work full-time for one of the clients they have supported during their year’s placement.
Over the past three and a half years, Lucy has trained, mentored and overseen teams of young people working alongside senior staff at the Centre, offering practical support projects for busy, growing start-ups.
Other notable speakers include Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Leader and prominant MP, Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Charles Horton, and Professor of Economics and Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory in the University of Sussex, and a leading contributor to the debate on Brexit, L Alan Winters CB.
Tickets are still available if you are looking for some insight into the future of economic growth in Brighton and Hove, and more widely across the breadth of East Sussex.