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CBI Business Summit - People, Place, Planet

Confederation of British Industry

Monday, 22 June 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

CBI Business Summit - People, Place, Planet

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Non-member 3 Mar 2020 £450.00 £29.74 £95.95

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Business involvement is essential in ensuring shared prosperity for the UK and the role of the north as the powerhouse of the UK is crucial for success.

Why you should attend:

The inaugural business summit will focus on three key areas – place, people and planet. Through a combination of keynote speeches, debates and interviews, this event will offer insight and practical advice on how the north can meet its potential and step up to the grand challenges we face.

Confirmed speakers include:

Fiona Devine, Dean, Manchester Business School

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI

Sanjaya Ranasiinghe, Technical Director, WiredScore

Julian Richer, Founder, Richer Sounds

Featured sessions:


11:30 Levelling up: Is devolution enough?

The devolution journey in the UK has not been straightforward and there are still some who fail to see the benefits. This session will review the journey so far, consider whether devolution in itself is enough to rebalance the UK and investigate what steps the UK needs to take to ensure we can see the benefits of devolution that have been experienced in the cities of our neighbours.

12:20 Connectivity is key


14:00 How can business help to improve social mobility in the UK?

It is acknowledged that social inequality affects not only specific individuals but also the community as a whole. For the UK to thrive, socially and economically, government and business need to step up to ensure people from all walks of life have the same opportunity to succeed. This session will see two pairs of key stakeholders discuss ideas and solutions to addressing the critical imbalance of opportunity in the UK with particular reference to the north.


15:00 From industrialisation to decarbonisation – the role of the north in the race to net-zero

As the most industrial area of the UK, the north is well-placed to lead the way in the pursuit of solutions to decarbonisation. There is a huge appetite to change and increasing funds available but how can business put the pieces of the puzzle together to help the UK meet the net-zero target? This session will discuss ways in which business leaders can make a real difference towards a sustainable UK and play their part in creating good, green jobs close to home.

15:40 How to change behaviour without changing minds?

Half the battle of moving towards a sustainable economy is changing behaviour of people whether its employees, customers or suppliers. But how can business help to change behaviour whilst managing supply and demand?

Conference programme:

09:00     Registration

10:00     Welcome & Introduction

10:05     Opening address & Q&A 

10:30     Politcal address & Q&A

11:00     Coffee break - Networking and Exhibition Showcase

11:30     Debate: Levelling up: Is devolution enough? 

12:20     Interviews: Connectivity is key

13:00     Lunch - Networking and Exhibition Showcase

14:00     Debate: How can business help to improve social mobility in the UK?

14:40     Coffee break - Networking and Exhibition Showcase

15:40     Keynote address: How to change behaviour without changing minds?

16:10     Closing remarks

16:15     Networking reception and Exhibition Showcase

Ticketing information:
The CBI Business Summit welcomes business leaders from all organisations, including those that are not members of the CBI.

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Royal Armouries - New Dock
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT Leeds, LS10
United Kingdom

Monday, 22 June 2020 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Confederation of British Industry

The voice of business. 

With over 50 years of experience, we are the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation.

We provide our members with the influence, insight and access they need to plan ahead with confidence and grow. We represent their views as we work with policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.

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