Beyond Brexit Conference

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:00
Church House
West Minster
United Kingdom

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Key Cities is a unique collaboration: cross-party; North and South; coastal, rural, urban; industrial and maritime.

As the authentic voice of urban Britain, we orchestrate a huge diversity of ideas, population and economies. A combined presence of 24 cities, home to 5.6 million people and worth over £116 billion to the economy per annum, we are uniquely placed to address the variety of challenges that are likely to arise once the UK leaves the EU.

Our upcoming Beyond Brexit Conference will see these challenges and opportunities explored by several speakers from within the Key Cities, alongside leading representatives from prominent industrial sectors, think tanks and consultancies. This will be supported by specially-commissioned YouGov research in relation to Brexit and SMEs. 

Our panel will probe the opportunities and challenges that Brexit poses to Key Cities’ vital industries, including discussions around new research on the business impact of Brexit, as well as an open Q&A session.

We are pleased to confirm the following speakers for the event, with more to be announced in the coming weeks:

  • Jill Rutter, The Institute for Government
  • Senior Government speaker to be confirmed
  • Professor Danny McKinnon, Professor of Regional Development and Governance; Director of Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University
  • Think tank to be confirmed
  • Cllr Peter Box, Key Cities Chair and Leader of Wakefield Council
  • Cllr Michael Mordey, Key Cities Deputy Chair and Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council

Panel discussion

  • Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
  • Mike Sellers, Port Director, Portsmouth International Port
  • Kurt Janson, Director, Tourism Alliance

Spaces at the event will be limited so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by booking your ticket on Eventbrite.