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CBI announces details of line-up for its flagship Annual Conference

The CBI have announced details of the line-up for its flagship Annual Conference, which includes leading figures from the worlds of business and politics.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Forging a new economic future’, re-focusing attention from the present uncertain business environment, to consider a more optimistic period of future growth and how smart business planning can help achieve that.

The conference, which is sponsored by recruitment specialists Harvey Nash and professional services organisation Ernst & Young, will take place on Monday 19 November 2012 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London

John Cridland CBI Director-General, said:
"This year has seen many businesses struggling to secure growth with an economy stubbornly bumping along the bottom and the on-going uncertainty in Europe affecting exports and jobs.

"Our economy is going through a painful but necessary period of rebalancing – firms are having to adapt their business models to succeed in new markets and to respond to wide-ranging changes in consumer attitudes.

"That is why at this year’s Annual Conference we will look to more optimistic times ahead, with our fantastic line-up of heavyweight speakers from business and politics who will discuss a broad range of business planning themes, and how we can prosper in a new economic era."

Albert Ellis, CEO Harvey Nash Group, said:
"The CBI’s annual conference will challenge businesses to consider how they will prepare for the years ahead. Anticipating future demands and opportunities requires talented people with a global vision. As experts in leadership and talent management with offices across the globe, Harvey Nash are proud to be supporting the CBI’s annual conference for the eighth year running."

Steve Varley, Managing Partner for UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, said:
"We are delighted to be headline sponsors of the CBI annual conference for the second successive year. With economic volatility and uncertainty set to stay, if there’s one thing that’s become clear to us at Ernst & Young, it’s that the past will no longer be a guide to the future. Joining this debate we’re keen to share the insight we’ve built from around the world on how high performing businesses can still be successful despite the conditions."

CBI President Sir Roger Carr will set the scene for the day with his opening address, and he will be followed by a line-up of senior political leaders, including the Secretary of State for Business, Rt Hon Vince Cable MP and the Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will take centre stage in the afternoon to discuss the international business legacy of the Olympics and how to seize the opportunities to build on that success in the future.

The big business debate of the morning, Winning business in a changing world, will kick-off with Rupert Soames, Chief Executive Aggreko plc and he will be joined by a stellar business line-up including Ian King, Chief Executive BAE Systems, Harriet Green, Chief Executive Thomas Cook, Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive Telefonica O2 UK Ltd and Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive BskyB. The debate will be chaired by CNBC News Anchor Ross Westgate.

The afternoon debate, focuses on newly published CBI research, First steps: A new approach for our schools, and will feature a panel debate involving John Cridland, CBI Director-General, Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector of Schools, Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive Greggs, Alison Peacock, Head Teacher of The Wroxham School and Sir Charles Dunstone, Chairman Carphone Warehouse. This debate will mark the beginning of the CBI’s campaign to raise ambition for all in schools.

Full details of the programme and the speakers can be found on the CBI’s website at: http://www.cbi.org.uk/events/cbi-annual-conference-2012/schedule/

The evening will conclude with a gala dinner featuring special guest Andrew Marr. Andrew is widely respected as a seasoned political broadcaster on his Sunday agenda-setting show, and as a BBC journalist who has also won many awards for his documentaries. Andrew will be sharing his views on the UK’s political future and its likely place in the world in the years to come.

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