This month we were very pleased to welcome an array of guest speakers, covering an array of topics, but none more special than the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, Andy Haldane. He was joined by and Vandita Pant, Group Treasurer and Head of Europe, BHP and Rachel Reeves, Chair of the BEIS Select Committee. They were discussing Business Purpose – you can read more about what attendees discussed below.
Talk of the Town
On Monday 29 April, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the dinner discussion ‘Talk of the Town: The Future of the UK High Street’. It was chaired by Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth and the speakers were Professor Christof Backhaus, Professor and Chair of Marketing and Strategy at Aston Business School, and Clayton Hirst, Group Head of Corporate Affairs at John Lewis. The central theme explored at the dinner was how the Government could work with industry to secure the future of UK High Streets.
The attendees discussed:
We caught up with one of our guest speakers, Christof Backhaus, to find out about his views on the topic. Listen to our podcast below.
It Doesn’t Have to be Taxing
Tuesday 30 April 2019, the IPT hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled ‘The Future of Tax in a Digital Economy’, held in the House of Commons. The event was chaired by Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He was joined by speakers, Dr Giorgia Maffini, Tax Policy and Transfer Pricing, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Andrew Harding, Chief Executive, Management Accounting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.
Are Biofuels the Way Forward?
On Tuesday 30 April, the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted the dinner discussion ‘Biofuels in a Renewable Future’. The discussion was chaired by Drew Hendry MP, Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and was joined by Khurram Gaba, Policy Planning Executive, Exxon Mobil Fuels & Lubricants, and Dr Vesna Najdanovic, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Lancaster University. The attendees considered the role the UK and biofuels should play in meeting emission reduction targets.
There’s Something in the Air
Tuesday 07 May 2019, the IPT hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled ‘Sustainable Cities: Tackling Air Pollution’, held in the House of Commons. This event was run in partnership with the City of London Corporation. The event was chaired by Lord Whitty, President, Environmental Protection UK. He was joined by speakers Jeremy Simons, Chair of Port Health and Environment Services Committee, City of London Corporation and Darren White, Head of Sustainability, Tideway.
Building Sustainable Retirement Savings
On Wednesday 08 May 2019, the IPT hosted the breakfast meeting ‘Good Retirement: Building Sustainable Retirement Savings’. Richard Graham MP, Vice-Chair, Pensions All-Party Parliamentary Group, chaired the event and was joined by speakers Nigel Peaple, Director of Policy and Research, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, and Jamie Jenkins, Head of Global Savings Policy, Standard Life. The discussion focused on how the Government and industry can work together to ensure consumers are well protected and saving enough for retirement.
The Future of Free to Air Broadcasting
On Monday 13 May 2019, the IPT hosted the dinner discussion ‘The Future of Free to Air Broadcasting’. The event was chaired by Julie Elliot MP, Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. She was joined by Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at ITV, and Clare Sumner, Director of Policy at BBC. The dinner was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
Linking Shareholder and Social Value
Tuesday 14 May 2019, the IPT hosted a Dinner Discussion entitled ‘Business Purpose in the 21st Century’, held in the House of Commons. The event was chaired by Rachel Reeves, Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. She was joined by speakers Andy Haldane, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics, Bank of England and Vandita Pant, Group Treasurer and Head of Europe, BHP.
Tackling the Skills Gap
On Wednesday 15 May 2019, the IPT hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled ‘Tackling the Skills Gap: Preparing for Future Employability’. The discussion was chaired Daniel Ziechner, member of the Select Committee on Transport. He was joined by Emma Crowe, Vice-President of Human Resources, DXC Technology and Professor of Work and Employment at Leicester University, Professor Peter Nolan. A central theme explored at the breakfast was how the UK can prepare and reskill the current and future workforce when technological advancements are unpredictable.
At the breakfast, attendees discussed:
Urban Logistics: coordinating couriers and other logistic companies
Monday 20 May 2019, the IPT hosted a Dinner Discussion entitled ‘Sustainable Cities: Urban Logistics’, held in the House of Commons. The event was chaired by Ruth Cadbury MP, Transport Select Committee. She was joined by Ian Clough, Managing Director for Network Logistics and Transport at DHL Supply Chain and Professor Arne Strauss, Associate Professor at the Warwick Business School and the Alan Turing Institute. The Dinner was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
During the dinner, attendees discussed:
The Legal Sector Post-Brexit
On Tuesday 21 May 2019, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a dinner discussion titled 'The Legal Sector Post-Brexit'. The discussion was chaired for Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Solicitor General and Minister for Security, and was joined by Professor Adam Cygan, Professor of Law at University of Leicester and Kate Gibbons, Finance and Capital Markets Partner at Clifford Chance. The attendees discussed the impact of Brexit on the legal sector and how the Government and industry manage the transition to leave the European Union effectively.
During the dinner attendees: