Due to a short recess, we had a reduced number of events in February. We’re always happy to prove that we normally provide both quality and quantity though. We covered some of the most discussed and current issues for Parliament and UK business.
This included an event on looking at the future of UK trade. This is especially important considering our impending departure of the European Union trading bloc. It is of course only possible to speculate on where we will end up, but businesses were able to speak about how they imagine they will fare depending on the outcome of negotiations.
In the penultimate event for February we were considering the role of carbon capture and storage in the effort to decarbonise the UK economy. Following the event, where much of the discussion centered around the UK being a global leader in the carbon capture and the absolute necessity to create the right business models to ensure that businesses are onboard, we caught up with one of the guest speakers, Professor Jon Gibbins, for our podcast:
Are Apprenticeship Appealing?
On Monday 03 February, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Dinner Discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘The Changing Face of Apprenticeship Delivery.’ The discussion was chaired by Ian Mearns MP, Chair of the Select Committee on Backbench Business and welcomed guest speakers Lydia Hatley, Head of Engagement, Leadership Development, Internal Communications & Events, TUI and Dr Debbie Simpson, Director of Post-Experience Programmes, Lancaster University. The discussion focused on reviewing the effectiveness of the apprenticeship levy and recent reforms in reaching target apprentice numbers, including the impact on SME and large corporation recruitment.
Main points raised:
On Tuesday 04 February 2020, we hosted a dinner discussion ‘Future Trade: Building 21st Century Gateways’ chaired by The Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, House of Lords. He was joined by Doug Bannister, Chief Executive, Port of Dover and Tim Hawkins, Chief Strategy Officer, Manchester Airports Group. The discussion focussed on how gateways can secure prosperous regional and international trade as the United Kingdom undergoes changes in trading arrangements post-Brexit.
Securing the finance sector amid Brexit
On Monday 24 February 2020, we hosted the Dinner Discussion ‘Securing the UK’s Financial Services Sector Post-Brexit’. The discussion was chaired by Harriett Baldwin MP, House of Commons and welcomed guest speakers Nick Collier, Managing Director, City of London Corporation’s Brussels Office, and Rebecca Park, Managing Director of Corporate Affairs, UK Finance. The discussion focused on what can be done to retain the UK’s position as a leading financial services centre as the UK exits the European Union.
It’s cool to capture carbon
On Tuesday 25 February, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Breakfast Meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled ‘Clean Growth: The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage.’ The discussion was chaired by Alan Brown MP, SNP Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and welcomed guest speakers Colin McGill, Low Carbon Appraisal General Manager, BP and Professor Jon Gibbins, Centre Director at UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, University of Sheffield. The discussion focused on the necessity to implement Carbon Capture and Storage in order to achieve the net zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2050.
Spreading your wings? Delivering sustainable airport expansion
On Tuesday 25 February 2020, we hosted a dinner discussion titled ‘Delivering Sustainable Airport Expansion’ chaired by Chris Matheson MP. The speakers were Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK and Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association. The central theme explored at the dinner was how the UK aviation industry can deliver on both the growing demand for flights and its promise to reduce the sector’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, focusing on cleaner engines, new fuels and the effectiveness of the carbon offsetting programs.