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GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

EVENTS

GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

  • Thursday 27 June
  • QEII Centre, London 

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.

 Join us at our Global Annual Conference where we will be launching our Manifesto, ahead of the general election, which will cover our five key Challenges:

  • PEOPLE and WORK – A skilled workforce meeting business needs
  • GREEN INNOVATION – A green, innovative and growing economy
  • GLOBAL BRITAIN – World-leading in trade and inward investment
  • DIGITAL REVOLUTION – Connected, secure and dynamic
  • LOCAL ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE – Thriving local economies

The day 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. 

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

Away from the sessions, 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.

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The conference will be centred around five key themes:

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Join us on Thursday 27 June 2024 in the QEII Centre, London.

GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

Reasons To Attend

High-Profile Speakers

Hear from notable business and public figures including Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Head of Global Business Group, Meta and Amanda Blanc DBE, Aviva Group CEO.

Amazing networking opportunities

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

build a better future for business

Add your voice to our core challenges in the five executive breakout sessions.

GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2024

OUR Speakers

AGENDA

EVENT PROGRAMME

*Please note that the programme is subject to change. 

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 
OUR GLOBAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE PARTNERS

LOCATION

Our Global Annual Conference 2024 is taking place at the QEII Centre, London.

2023 Conference

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE 2023 CONFERENCE HERE​

BCC Partner With Us

Partner with us

Raise your profile and join us in nurturing the spirit of British business.

NatWest
headline partner

At NatWest, our in-depth knowledge across sectors, regions and the life-cycle of businesses allows us to provide the right solutions to help companies grow, and we support all parts of the UK economy.

  • We work with 1 in 5 of all businesses in the UK and are the leading provider of SME finance. 
  • We’re the No.1 lender in UK project finance ($2.54bn) and renewables ($890m).  
  • We operate the largest free business support programme in the UK, with 13 Accelerators, which supported 1300 businesses in 2023.
  • Our High Growth proposition provides a one-stop shop, from growth capital and advice on equity investment, to training schemes and support on finding new markets. 
  • We provide our customers with direct access to 1100 regional managers. 
  • Mettle, our free digital Bank, supports 100k micro businesses. 
  • We’ve invested £3m to help businesses navigate difficult times and access independent support, through partnerships with Step Change and FSB. 
AVIVA
AVIVA

Aviva is the UK’s leading diversified insurer and we operate in the UK, Ireland and Canada. We also have international investments in India and China.

  • We help our 19.2 million customers make the most out of life, plan for the future, and have the confidence that if things go wrong we’ll be there to put it right.
  • We have been taking care of people for more than 325 years, in line with our purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’. In 2023, we paid £25.6 billion in claims and benefits to our customers.
  • In 2021, we announced our ambition to become Net Zero by 2040, the first major insurance company in the world to do so. We are aiming to have Net Zero carbon emissions from Aviva’s operations and supply chain by 2030.
bp

Our purpose is reimagining energy for people and our planet. We want to help the world reach net zero and improve people’s lives. 

We will aim to dramatically reduce carbon in our operations and in our production, and grow new low carbon businesses, products and services.

We will advocate for fundamental and rapid progress towards Paris and strive to be a leader in transparency.

We know we don’t have all the answers and will listen and work with others. 

We want to be an energy company with purpose; one that is trusted by society, valued by shareholders and motivating for everyone who works at bp. 

We believe we have the experience and expertise, the relationships and the reach, the skill and the will, to do this.

Heathrow

Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport - the UK’s gateway to the world.

With over 80 airlines connecting the regions and nations of the country to growth and opportunities across over 200 destinations, in all four corners of the globe. British businesses can reach 95% of the global economy with a direct flight from Heathrow. Heathrow is also the UK’s largest port by value, handling 20% of the UK’s total trade of goods and 35% of non-EU trade. Heathrow is a place like no other – a city within a city – with a vision to give passengers the best airport service in the world. 

Simplyhealth

Simplyhealth is a leading healthcare company helping thousands of businesses look after the health and wellbeing of their staff. Our low-cost health plans and dental plans support our two million customers to find, treat and fund their healthcare. In 2022 we became the first Health Insurer to be awarded B Corp status, in recognition of our high environmental and social ambitions, and positive impact in using our business as a force for good.

microsoft

Microsoft creates platforms and tools powered by AI to deliver innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.

The technology company is committed to making AI available broadly and doing so responsibly, with a mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

amanda blanc dbe
Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva

Amanda Blanc is the Group CEO of Aviva, the UK’s leading insurance, wealth and retirement business. 

Amanda is also HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter Champion; Co-Chair of the UK Transition Taskforce, which is developing a gold standard for private sector climate transition plans, and is a Non-Executive director of BP plc. Amanda was awarded a Damehood in the King’s New Year Honours in January 2024. 

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.

lady NICOLA MENDELSOHN cbe
Head of Global Business Group, Meta

Nicola Mendelsohn is the Head of Global Business Group at Meta, where she leads the company’s relationships with top marketers and agencies for all of our family of apps as well as global partnerships and engineering.

Nicola previously served as Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Meta – a role she held since 2013. In 2019, Nicola founded and launched the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation, a charity focused solely on raising funds to help the thousands of people living with Follicular Lymphoma to live well and get well. Nicola also serves as a Board member of The MMA and is an Ad Council member.

Prior to joining Meta, Nicola worked in advertising for over 20 years working at BBH, Grey and Karmarama. Her previous roles include serving as a Non -Executive Director of Diageo from 2014 – 2023, first female President of the IPA (the UK advertising industry trade body), Trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance, Chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board and President of WACL) She was also a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, member of the UK government’s Digital Economy Council and Co-Chair of the UK Government’s Creative Industries Council. Previously, she served as a director of Cosmetic Executive Women and The Fragrance Foundation in the UK.

In 2015, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries in the UK. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and her four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac.

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