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Global Annual Conference 2021

Our 2021 Global Annual Conference, held virtually on 16 and 17 June was one of the main events in the business calendar and was attended by high profile politicians, inspirational business leaders and the wider Chamber Network, including international representation from the Global Business Network.

Both days featured 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.

Speaker highlights from the two day programme included:

  • The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, President for COP 26
  • Ben Francis, Founder of Gymshark
  • The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Business and Energy Secretary, Labour MP for Doncaster North
  • HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
  • The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Lisa Witter, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Apolitical


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Attended by hundreds of delegates from a vast range of different sectors, the British Chambers of Commerce Global Annual Conference continues to be a flagship event on the business events calendar - a must-attend event for business leaders, corporate affairs and public policy professionals. Join us again in 2022 to be inspired, informed and network with some of the best in the UK and global business communities. For further information, including business partnering opportunities, please contact [email protected].


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Programme

08:00 - 14:00
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Reconnect with peers from within the Chamber Network, catch up with old colleagues and make new connections through our interactive platform
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08:45
Opening Video and Keynotes
Resilience and support at the heart of the BCC Chamber Network
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09:15
Global Insights Leader Discussion: Paul Thwaite, CEO, Commercial banking at NatWest
A global Insights session discussing recapitalisation and access to finance for businesses as drivers for global economic recovery.
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09:40
Business resilience at the heart of recovery
Panel discussion
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10:10
Technology and Innovation as drivers for economic recovery and growth, and our increasing dependence on them.
Panel discussion
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10:40
Keynote Discussion
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell
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11:00
Global Insights Leader Discussion: Miriam González Durántez, Advisor on European Trade Law and Regulation
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11:20
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Our hosting platform allows you to connect with other delegates to recreate the benefits of an in-person event.
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12:00
Keynote discussion: The future of UK-Global trade & investment with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Exports) Graham Stuart MP
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12:20
Global Insights Leader Discussion: Hamad Buamim, President Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, World Chambers Federation Chair
Levelling the playing field, making trade work for all
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12:40
Inspiring BlueSky sessions
The Big Interview: Ben Francis, Founder, Gymshark
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13:00
Special closing video
A Behind the Scenes look into Israel’s Vaccination Project
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13:20 - 14:00
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Reconnect with peers from within the Chamber Network, catch up with old colleagues and make new connections through our interactive platform
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11:20 - 12:20
Workshops
Cisco and Natwest
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12:00 - 17:30
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Reconnect with peers from within the Chamber Network, catch up with old colleagues and make new connections through our interactive platform
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12:45
Opening Keynote
Shevaun Haviland, BCC Director General
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12:55
Political Keynotes
The Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP and The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
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13:20
Leader to Leader Discussion: Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, discussing innovation and new skills
Hannah Essex in conversation with Katherine Bennett CBE
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13:50
A blue sky conversation with Lewis Iwu, CEO and Founding Partner of Purpose Union about young people as a force for change.
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14:10
BlueSky Session
HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
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14:50
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Reconnect with peers from within the Chamber Network, catch up with old colleagues and make new connections through our interactive platform
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15:30
Leader to Leader Discussion: Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest Group, discussing the need for diversity in leadership representation
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15:45
​Building Resilience for Business Leaders
Panel discussion
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16:15
Keynote: The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP followed by a Panel exploring how to meet our net zero and climate change commitments to ensure a sustainable future.
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16:45
The Big Interview: Lisa Witter, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Apolitical.
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17:10 - 17:45
Discovery Zone and Meeting Hub
Reconnect with peers from within the Chamber Network, catch up with old colleagues and make new connections through our interactive platform
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14:10-15:10
Workshops
Cisco and NatWest
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Speakers

Áine Rogers
UKI Small Business Leader, Cisco Systems Ltd
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Alison Rose
Chief Executive, NatWest Group plc
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The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
President for COP 26
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Andrew Mitchell CMG
Director General Exports and UK Trade, Department for International Trade (DIT)
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Anita Leviant
President of the Israel- British Chamber of Commerce
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Anne-Marie Martin
Director Global Business Network, British Chambers of Commerce
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Ben Francis
Founder, Gymshark
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Bridget Rosewell CBE
Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
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Christopher Dottie MBE
Vice Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce and Managing Director, Hays Spain
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Claire Walker
Co-Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce
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Dawn Bébe
Co-Founder and Director, Crowdfunder
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Debbie Lewis
Local Enterprise Manager, NatWest Enterprise team
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The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
Shadow Business and Energy Secretary, Labour MP for Doncaster North
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Eithne George
Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge
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Faye Busby
Director of Business Development, British Chambers of Commerce
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Graham Stuart MP
Minister for Exports at the Department for International Trade and Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness
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​HRH The Earl of Wessex
KG GCVO, Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
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Hamad Buamim
President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman of the World Chambers Federation (WCF)
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Hannah Essex
Co-Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce
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Helen Mitchell
Innovation Strategy and Corporate Transformation Specialist
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Henrietta Brealey
CEO, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
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​Ioana Surpateanu
Chief Strategy Officer, DIA Association and Principal for DIALabs
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James Martin
Director of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce
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​(Colonel) The Hon. James Ramsbotham CBE DL
Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce
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John May OBE DL
Secretary General, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
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Jonathan Guthrie
Associate Editor and the Head of LEX, Financial Times
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Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS
Chief Executive Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
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Karen Beardsley
Managing Director of Rail Operations, Unipart Rail
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Karima-Catherine Goundiam (KC)
CEO of B2BeeMatch & Red Dot Digital, Founder of Tech Canada Advocates
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The Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP
Leader of the Opposition
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The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Lewis Iwu
​CEO and Founding Partner, Purpose Union
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Lisa Witter
Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Apolitical
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Liz Willingham
Chart.PR, Managing Director, Liz Lean PR and Past President & NED Dorset Chamber
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Lord Mark Price
Founder of WorkL for Business
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Mary Wanjiku
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participant - Silver Level
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Miranda Barker
Chief Executive, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
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Miriam González Durántez
Trade practice lead, Cohen & Gresser
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Paul Thwaite
CEO Commercial Banking NatWest Group
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Paul Farmer
Chief Executive, Mind
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Richard Burge
Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE 
President, British Chambers of Commerce
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Sarah Howard MBE
Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce and Director, Sarand Business Software
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Shajjad Hadier Rizvi MBE
Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Foundation Romania
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Shevaun Haviland
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
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​Stefania Vilcu
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participant - Gold Award Winner
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Stuart Patrick CBE
Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
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Uri Gat-Palash
CEO of TEVA Pharmaceuticals SLE
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The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell
Lord Mayor of the City of London 2019-2020
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