In February 2021 we held seven virtual events covering topics from improving public transport to conserving nature through biodiversity. We were fortunate enough to have some high-profile speakers such as the CEO of Octopus Group, Chris Hulatt and President of the Law Society, David Greene, alongside Chair of the Justice Select Committee, Sir Bob Neill MP.
Work Post-COVID: Helping SMEs Rebuild
On Monday 01 February, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics entitled ‘Work Post-COVID: Helping SMEs Rebuild.’ The discussion was chaired by Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and welcomed guest speakers Chris Hulatt, Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Group and Mike Cherry OBE, National Chair, Federation of Small Businesses. The discussion focused on the importance of supporting SMEs to recover post-COVID and stimulating new business start-ups.
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Boosting Biodiversity: Conserving UK Nature
On Tuesday 02 February, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Fay Jones MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Ministerial Team. She was joined by Mike Green, Agricultural Sustainability Manager – Agricultural Solutions, BASF plc and Professor Mark Williams, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Leicester. The discussed focused on the changing pressures on the environment and challenges in delivering on the Government’s commitment that 30% of the English countryside will be protected to support the recovery of nature by 2030.
Keeping Public Transport Moving Post-COVID
On Tuesday 02 February, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics entitled ‘Keeping Public Transport Moving Post-COVID.’ The discussion was chaired by Lilian Greenwood MP, Select Committee on Transport and welcomed guest speakers Katy Taylor, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer, Go Ahead Group and Dr Paul Herriotts, Professor of Transport Design, National Transport Design Centre, Coventry University. The discussion focused on the issue of encouraging the use of public transport whilst ensuring customer safety and security.
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Reaching Net Zero: The Role for Consumers
On Wednesday 03 February, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Liz Twist MP, Senior Opposition Whip. She was joined by Professor James Fitchett, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research, University of Leicester and Dan Brooke, Chief Executive, Smart Energy GB. The discussion focused on the role changing consumer behaviour can play in helping the UK reduce reliance on non-green energy sources.
Levelling Up Through Infrastructure
On Monday 08 February, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Infrastructure All-Party Parliamentary Group. She was joined by Simeon Butterworth, Director of Transport Planning, WSP and John Williams, UK Infrastructure Managing Director, Bechtel. The discussion focused on how infrastructure projects can improve quality and capacity in the United Kingdom to enhance lives and power economic growth and development.
COVID and the Provision of Legal Services
On Tuesday 09 February, we held a virtual event chaired by Sir Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Select Committee on Justice. He was joined by David Greene, President, The Law Society, Peter Duff, Chairman, Shoosmiths, and Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation. The discussion focused on the impact of remote working on the legal sector and the potential role of technology in improving access to justice.
Improving Research and Development: Creating a British DARPA
On Wednesday 10 February, we hosted a virtual event between parliamentarians, industry representatives and academics entitled ‘Improving Research and Development: Creating a British DARPA.’ The discussion was chaired by Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital and welcomed guest speakers Sameer Savani, Head of Innovation and Engineering, ADS Group and Professor James Wilsdon, Director, Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield. The discussion focused on determining the role and responsibility of APRA/ARIA in the UK.