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Congress of Business (COB) 2024

Congress of Business (COB) 2024

EVENTS

Congress of Business (COB) 2024

  • Tuesday 14 May
  • Online and in person at SWG3 Glasgow

COB24 returns with leaders, businesses, and cities igniting purpose led conversation for one common goal – creating action on climate change.

ACTION BUILDS HOPE

Cities are hubs for innovation and growth, essential for driving the transition towards net zero. The vast number of buildings in our cities which we design, build and occupy have a vital role to play in decarbonising our planet.

During Glasgow’s Climate Week, #COB24 will bring together global thought leaders, businesses, and cities to ignite purpose-led conversations for one common goal: accelerating action on a sustainable future.

ACTION MAKERS AT COB INCLUDE:
  • Will Hutton | Political Economist and Author
  • Anna Campbell-Jones | Designer, Retailer and Presenter
  • James Close | Head of Climate Change at NatWest Group
  • Sarah Howard MBE | Chair of British Chambers of Commerce
  • Nick Cochrane-Dyet | Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, Abu Dhabi
  • Emma Howard Boyd CBE | Chair of Green Finance Institute
  • Catherine McGuinness CBE | Non-Executive Director, Catapult Connected Places
WHY ATTEND COB24?

💡 Learn from industry disruptors, highlighting climate solutions through purpose-driven discussions.

💡 Connect with climate conscious individuals, exchanging ideas and tackle the challenges of achieving net zero.

💡 Engage and equip your business with tools to accelerate climate action. 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO FIND OUT MORE

Thursday 27 June 2024 in the QEII Centre, London

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GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

Reasons To Attend

High-Profile Speakers

Hear from brilliant and inspiring speakers from the world of politics, business and beyond.

Amazing networking opportunities

Strengthen your existing connections and make new ones at our full day in-person conference.

Help Build British Business

Add your voice to our advocacy campaigns in the executive breakout sessions.

GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2023

OUR Speakers

AGENDA

EVENT PROGRAMME

Join us for informal networking before the event begins. Make use of the event App to connect with people and exhibitors in the networking area.  Simply use the QR code on the App to share your contact details and make a direct connection.

Join our opening session to kick of the day, find out more about the BCC’s work over the past year and hear from key speakers including: 

  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE, President, The British Chambers of Commerce
  • Shevaun Haviland, Director General, The British Chambers of Commerce

This year’s theme  is “The Future of the Economy”.  Our work over the past year has sought answers to how Britain can boost sustainable economic growth, not just nationally but at local and regional levels. We, along with our network of partners, and Business Council members, have developed a future vision for the UK economy, one that combines people, planet, and profit into a cohesive whole.

It’s time for a break!

The Networking Zone is an opportunity for delegates to meet existing and new contacts.  Join us as we showcase the best of British business, and the Chamber Network, from across the UK and around the world.

Join us for informal networking during this time and make use of the event App to connect with people and exhibitors in the networking area.  Simply use the QR code on the App to share your contact details and make a direct connection. 

 

Today is an opportunity for business leaders from across the UK, and the globe, to come together to discuss the key challenges to build a better future for business, the economy, and people in our local communities. 

In this session, delegates will hear from notable business and public figures and engage in thought-provoking discussion with colleagues from across the Chamber Network.

Our speakers and panels sessions include: 

  • Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Head of Global Business Group, Meta
  • Dame Amanda Blanc, CEO, Aviva
  • The Future of Work: AI, digital change and employee wellbeing in partnership with Microsoft, Simply Health and Drax

It’s time for lunch! Join us for informal networking during this time and make use of the event App to connect with people and exhibitors in the networking area. 

 

See more information in the Breakout Sessions tab. 

  • 13:45 (UK time) People and Work: In partnership with Simplyhealth
  • 13:45 (UK time) Local Economy of the Future: In partnership with NatWest
  • 13:45 (UK time) Digital Revolution
  • 14:45 (UK time) Green Innovation: In partnership with Heathrow
  • 14:45 (UK time) Global Britain: In partnership with BP 

It’s time for a break!

The Networking Zone is an opportunity for delegates to meet existing and new contacts.  Join us as we showcase the best of British business, and the Chamber Network, from across the UK and around the world.

Join us for informal networking during this time and make use of the event App to connect with people and exhibitors in the networking area.  Simply use the QR code on the App to share your contact details and make a direct connection. 

Join our final session of the day with speakers including: 

  • Sarah Howard MBE, Chair, The British Chambers of Commerce 
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Shevaun Haviland
Shevaun Haviland

Director General

Director General of BCC since April 2021, Shevaun was formerly Head of Business Engagement at Number 10 Downing Street and was at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office as Head of the Inclusive Economy Partnership.

Shevaun started her career in consultancy in London and New York. She then moved to the Walt Disney Company in strategic planning before joining Disneyland Paris, opening the second theme park. Shevaun then joined the agency world, running global accounts for Millward Brown, Mindshare and WPP.

Following this, she became a partner in a start-up digital innovation agency and venture builder, Independents United, where she also became an Advisor for the Danson Foundation. Most recently, Shevaun was the New Ventures Director for Avado, building new businesses in Edtech and founding the Academy of Digital Business Leaders.

Shevaun has a passion for business as a force for good. A Trustee of Barefoot College International, Shevaun also sits on the Boards of BCC, the Women of the World Foundation (WoW) and the International Chambers of Commerce UK (ICC UK).

Sarah Howard
Sarah Howard MBE

Chair

Sarah has a long history in the Chamber Movement and is a great advocate for the power of business for good. Sarah became Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce in 2019, is a Past President of Suffolk Chamber and sits on the board of the London Chamber. In challenging times for business, she has supported the BCC and international network’s growth and is working with her teams to ensure they support the growth and prosperity of our members.

She has a particular interest in skills development and bringing more diversity into the Boardroom and is currently working closely with Neurodiverity in Business. She was awarded the MBE in 2015 for her work on skills development for young people.

With a background in management consultancy, Sarah has worked for high profile organisations including JP Morgan and KPMG. She chairs Codikoat, a rapidly expanding British Biotech startup which is taking their unique antiviral, antibacterial technology to domestic and international markets.

She is also the Chair of Abbeycroft Leisure, a large not for profit Leisure Trust and is a Governor at West Suffolk College and a Member of Suffolk Academy Trust.

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