Kent & Medway Business Summit – Full Itinerary Announced

The full itinerary for the Kent and Medway Business Summit 2023 has been finalised.

The line-up includes speakers, Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council, Richard Hicks, the Director of Place and Deputy Chief of Medway Council and panellists such as Emily Dawson, Head of Benefits from Lower Thames Crossing, Susan Elliot from British Business Bank, Rebecca Smith deputy CEO of Social Enterprise Kent and Harry Dance Digital Marketing Director from KAYO Digital.

The event, which starts at 8.50am on Friday 13 January 2023, brings together hundreds of local businesspeople and decision makers in our award-winning Sibson Building for a day of speeches, workshops, panel sessions and a delicious buffet lunch and drinks.

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Speakers on the day will be:

Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council. Richard Hicks, Director of Place and Deputy Chief of Medway Council.

Panel sessions:

Placemaking – Can ‘Brand Kent’ draw and retain investment, businesses, jobs and talented People?

Chair: Council Director for Medway Richard Hicks,

Panellists:  Emily Dawson from the Lower Thames Crossing, High Street Expert Graham Galpin and Professor Samer Bagaeen from Kent School of Architecture and Planning, University of Kent

Rebecca Smith of SEK

Skills – Developing culture – How can building loyalty and diversity in the workforce impact on skills, training, retention, and recruitment.

Chair: Professor Nicholas Clarke Deputy Dean (Planning and People) Kent Business School

Panellists: Rebecca Smith CEO from Social Enterprise Kent, Management Development Services (MDS) CEO Sapphira Waterson, Holiday Extras – Michelle Clarke-Cowell, Associate Director.

Professor Catherine Robinson

Productivity – How can digital tools boost profits and drive measurable efficiency improvements?

Chair: Catherine Robinson, Deputy Dean (Medway) Kent Business School

Panellists: Harry Dance Digital Marketing Director KAYO Digital Limited

Panellists: Kent Business School – Dr Maria Balta – Researcher in business model pivoting through the use of digital technologies , further panellists to be announced.

The event will be held at the Sibson Building

Sustainability – Funding your green future – how sustainability can improve your businesses bottom line

Chair: Martin White Company Founder at Green Business

Panellists: Susan Elliott Senior Manager at Southeast UK British Business Bank; Paul Gannaway Director at B&M; Josh Pitman, Manager Director at Priory Direct; Lisa Carlson Chief Executive Canterbury Business Improvement District.

Opportunities for one to one to Quiz the Experts about grant funding and support available to Kent Business are available on the day.

Bringing together over 300 businesses, key policymakers and leading academics, the sixth annual Summit will focus on the latest news from key projects and leading expert keynote speakers from across the county. Alongside the keynote speeches, Q&A and debate will be facilitated on topics including productivity, sustainability, place-making and skills.

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