BCC Global Annual Conference 2021

This year the BCC’s Global Annual Conference will be held virtually over two days on 16 and 17 June and is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the business calendar. The event is FREE to Chamber members.

Both days will feature an impressive roster of senior political figures, Leader to Leader ‘In Conversation’ sessions, panels, interactive workshops and essential keynotes, exploring how we can restore confidence and build a more resilient sustainable future that supports businesses to recover, grow, invest and thrive.

 

 

The sessions will include:

In the days leading up to it, and during the event, there will also be the opportunity to network with other delegates through the BCC’s new virtual platform, allowing you to browse the delegate list, form connections, start conversations and make contacts.

 

Day 1 A Year of Challenge and Reflection

 

On Day 1 we consider trade, tech and innovation, the drivers to a bold new post-pandemic world.  The speed of innovation and change is speeding up, so how can we transform, restructure and innovate to stay agile in response to global demand?

The first day of the BCC’s Global Annual Conference will open with Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, the President of the BCC, and will be followed by a senior government speaker.

 

Other highlights include an In Conversation with Miriam González Durántez to discuss how trade is a driver for economic recovery.  On a similar note, our second Leader to Leader In Conversation features two high-profile leaders discussing how access to finance is a crucial driver for global economic recovery.

There will be an expert panel discussion around our increasing reliance on tech and innovation, and how they are drivers for economic recovery; delving deeper into sectors which are disrupting traditional industries, such as fintech and tradetech.

The Day 1 Keynote will consider measures which business communities, academia and government need to take to maintain the UK and London’s global reputation as a financial and professional services powerhouse in an ever-evolving world.

And finally, the Big Interview is with Ben Francis, the inspirational Founder of Gymshark, which has gone from being an entrepreneurial start up to a global brand in 170 countries.  How did Gymshark become the first DTC brand in the UK to achieve Unicorn status with no external funding, whilst helping to reshape the world into a more sustainable environment?

Plus, delegates are warmly invited to participate in Day 1 workshops including:

Day 2 – The Road to Viable Renewed Growth

 

Day 2 will be hosting a series of business leaders and experts addressing the big topics such as net zero, the levelling-up agenda and how we need to update our skills base to adapt to the future of work. 

They will also be considering how Gen Z and millennials are driving change – and how business leaders pursue a more fulfilled and balanced life in the face of information overload.

 

The day will be introduced by the BCC’s incoming Director General, Shevaun Haviland, and Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP will join for the political Keynote.

Other highlights include a hugely relevant discussion around how we can redefine and balance the new demands on the way we live and work. How has the pandemic affected our caring responsibilities, the new urban-rural divide and the enormous impact on our cities and town centres?

Our Day 2 Keynote explores how young people are a force for change, with Lewis Iwu, CEO of Purpose Union, who seeks to consider how millennial and Gen Z consumers, employees and activists are driving change from the bottom up.

How is the government’s levelling-up initiative going?  They discuss how it should be addressing inequality in underperforming and left-behind parts of the UK through a programme of infrastructure development, investing in education, skills and scientific R&D.

A Leader-to-Leader session around innovation and new skills sets out to identify and address the weaknesses in our skills base to prepare for new ways of working, and there will be a session on diversity in leadership representation.

In the year that Glasgow hosts COP26, the Leader to Leader In Conversation examines how businesses of all sizes can take steps towards meeting their net zero targets.

And how can business leaders can build resilience and the pursuit of a more fulfilled, balanced and self-improved life in today’s hectic world?  Our expert panel will guide us on the path to a healthier work-life balance.

The Big Interviews on Day 2 are with an inspirational corporate entrepreneur and a household name social campaigner.

To register


Once you have registered for your place, as a delegate, you will invited to register for a series of exclusive roundtable workshops.

The four workshops will cover topics including:

identifying and reaching new markets;
small business recovery post pandemic;
responding to change; and
the future of work.

Please see full details of the workshops below.

Please note that each roundtable workshop will have a maximum of 20 delegates and can only be booked once you have registered for your free ticket

Day 1 workshops

 

NatWest – Identifying and Reaching New Markets

• Wednesday 16 June
• 11:20 – 12:20 (UK time)

As the world slowly emerges once again, there are a myriad of new markets and opportunities to consider that flow from the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst it’s important to re-engage with customers we’ve served previously, it’s also important to consider where behaviours and trends have changed in previously unexplored areas that may now be a lucrative area of focus.

 

During this webinar we will consider:

• How to research and refine newly identified opportunities;
• How to consistently roll out your business in these new areas; and
• How to accurately test and measure new markets against your business goals.


Cisco – The Future of Work

• Wednesday 16 June
• 11:20 – 12:20 (UK time)

Work is no longer a place you go, it’s something that you can do from anywhere. There are more employees than ever before working remotely permanently, or in a hybrid model. Instead of going back to the way things were, many businesses are moving forward, combining the new practices they’ve implemented with the old ones they still like. Many are adopting a hybrid model that can fundamentally change and improve their business-improving employee productivity, cutting costs, and delivering an end-to-end personalised experience for their customers.

Working from home isn’t going away. Every meeting will now be a hybrid meeting. Video conferencing, collaboration, and secure calling has become an IT requirement for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.

This roundtable discussion will:

• Share best practice for ensuring inclusivity and productivity;
• Explore how technology can support a secure hybrid work experience; and
• Discuss the challenges and solutions for hybrid working.

Day 2 workshops

 

NatWest – Responding to Change

• Thursday 17 June
• 14:40 – 15:40 (UK time)

Change is often something we’re reluctant to do, especially when forced by circumstances beyond our control. However, facing up to change and examining both the pitfalls and opportunities it presents is crucial for emerging into a post-covid world in good shape.

During this webinar we will consider:

• How to effectively monitor changes to your business landscape;
• How to blend changes into your existing business model; and
• How to develop a change-ready culture for a long-term business future.


Cisco – The Future of Work

• Thursday 17 June
• 14:10 – 15:10 (UK time)

Work is no longer a place you go, it’s something that you can do from anywhere. There are more employees than ever before working remotely permanently, or in a hybrid model. Instead of going back to the way things were, many businesses are moving forward, combining the new practices they’ve implemented with the old ones they still like. Many are adopting a hybrid model that can fundamentally change and improve their business-improving employee productivity, cutting costs, and delivering an end-to-end personalised experience for their customers.

Working from home isn’t going away. Every meeting will now be a hybrid meeting. Video conferencing, collaboration, and secure calling has become an IT requirement for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.

This roundtable discussion will:

• Share best practice for ensuring inclusivity and productivity;
• Explore how technology can support a secure hybrid work experience; and
• Discuss the challenges and solutions for hybrid working.