Kent & Medway Business Summit to Host Net Zero Funding Debate

Access to finance for businesses making the transition to net zero will be the focus of a panel discussion at the Kent and Medway Business Summit.

Led by Summit sponsors, The British Business Bank, the session features Laura Bloomfield, VP at Atos who will be looking at sustainability through the corporate supply chain.

She is joined by Fleur Record-Smith, Managing Director at Hayne House, a small business from near Hythe which is building reputation by operating sustainably.

Also on the panel is Cam Ross, CEO At Green Angel Syndicate, specialist investors fighting climate change and Warren Ralls, MD of UK Network, British Business Bank.

The discussion will be chaired by Susan Elliott, Senior Manager for the UK Network (South East) at the British Business Bank.

Susan said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Kent & Medway Summit again in 2022, especially after the tough economic challenges faced by British businesses throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We are really looking forward to meeting visitors to the event, and helping smaller businesses looking to start up, grow and operate more sustainably, understand their options and access the finance they need to succeed.”

The fifth Kent and Medway Business Summit will be hosted by Kent Business School at the University of Kent in Canterbury on Wednesday 27 April.

Bringing together some 300 businesses with key policy makers and academics, the Summit, seeks to share good practice and help to build a shared vision for the region’s sustainable economic future.

High profile speakers include Chief Economist at the Institute of Directors, Kitty Ussher, Kent County Council leader, Cllr Roger Gough, and Andy Martin, Strategic Communications Director at London Resort.

Collaborative workshops on key business themes will bring delegates together to share experiences on increasing productivity, sustainability, place-making and skills.

Keynote speaker is Andrea Martin, IBM Distinguished Engineer, who will speak on 5 in 5: Five Innovations which will change our lives in 5 years.

The Summit’s partners are the Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses and Locate in Kent. Headline sponsors are Kreston Reeves and Thomson, Snell & Passmore. Tickets to the Summit cost £40 including all keynotes, access to a collaborative workshop and refreshments including sustainable Kentish buffet lunch.

For the full agenda and to book a ticket to the summit, go to

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