Hosted by Kent Business School at the University of Kent, the summit will bring together 300 businesses, key policymakers and leading academics to emphasise regional business opportunity and sustainability, as well as share the latest news from key projects and developments.
Speakers include Councillor Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council; Richard Hicks, director of place and deputy chief executive of Medway Council; and Kitty Ussher, chief economist at the Institute of Directors.
The 2022 summit, which takes place at the University’s Canterbury campus, will focus on sustainable innovation and opportunities for Kent and Medway businesses to move towards net zero in line with the nation’s 2050 targets.
The event is held with partners Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, Locate in Kent and is sponsored by Kreston Reeves, Thomson, Snell & Passmore and British Business Bank.
Interactive collaborative workshops will share best practice and facilitate debate on vital business topics, including productivity, place-making and skills – all contributing to a route map for the region’s future. Focus on regional potential will be informed by London Resort and Creative Estuary.
Dr Catherine Robinson, deputy dean of Kent Business School, will run a collaborative workshop on building resilience and increasing productivity in the SME supply chain.
Additionally, Simon Barnes, funding & partnership development manager in the University’s Research and Innovation Services, will discuss hydrogen’s future role in Kent and if it can supply 20% of energy needs by 2050.
The summit offers the chance for businesses large and small across multiple sectors to contribute to the debate shaping the future of the county, talking directly to key stakeholders and decision-makers.
Professor Marian Garcia, dean of Kent Business School, said: “As we start to emerge from the effects of the global pandemic, we have an extraordinary opportunity to create an exciting and sustainable future for our region.
“The Kent and Medway Business Summit is an opportunity to come together, face-to-face, to debate and plan for our future and move towards net-zero carbon emissions.
“We look forward to providing this platform for collaboration between businesses of all sizes and in all sectors with leading academics and local authority leaders.”
Tickets to the Summit cost £40 and include refreshments and a sustainable Kentish buffet lunch.