5 June 2017

Chief Economist of Santander to provide post-election economic perspective at Business South Annual Conference 2017

A high-quality line up of speakers will explore People, Place & Prosperity and real life examples of transitional change in these areas

Barry NaisbattTaking place on Friday 16 June, at Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, the Business South Annual Conference is an unmissable event in the business calendar for the region.


In the year that celebrates 10 years of the highly successful Business South Champion programme, businesses from across the region are invited to attend the organisation’s prestigious Annual Conference.


This year’s event will be taking place just one week after the general election and will provide the first live opportunity for business leaders and key stakeholders to air their views regarding the result and the fact that we are heading towards Brexit.


Barry Naisbitt, Chief Economist at Santander will be joining the compelling line-up of speakers for the event.  Chief Economist at Santander UK since 1998, Barry has worked through a period of significant change in the UK and global economies and also in the banking industry. A specialist in analysing the performance of the UK economy, his post-election insight promises to be invaluable to those that are attending.


Focusing on the themes that have driven Business South initiatives for over a decade, this year’s event will explore People, Place and Prosperity in our region.  The event will consider the challenges, process and outcomes to deliver transformational change in these areas.  


Delegates will hear from speakers in both the private and public sectors discussing the interlinking themes of People, Place and Prosperity, including:


Mark Smith, CEO The Southern Co-operative who will explore responsible leadership and what it means to be a ‘Good Corporate Citizen’ and a responsible employer of our region’s people.


Alastair Welch, Associated British Ports Director who will be sharing his transformational journey and his vision for the Port of Southampton, one of the key assets for the place in which we do business.


Keynote speaker, Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe who will share how Flybe has grown to become the largest independent regional airline in Europe and how this success has brought prosperity not only to the business but to the community as a whole.


Compered by Alastair Fee, Business Correspondent, BBC South, the conference will also feature:


Steve Frampton, Principal, Portsmouth College

Neil Fedden, Managing Director, Fedden USP

Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Southampton City Council

Roger Brown, Former Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent University

John Mitchell, Group CEO, Business South says: “Business South has established an unparalleled network of high calibre businesses in the South.  As we celebrate 10 years of the Champions Programme, we want to ensure that all our collective influence and experiences is used positively and in the right areas to benefit our region and the organisations that are based here.”

*Register to attend to be in a chance of winning 2 Flybe return tickets (t’s & c’s apply).


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