A key focus of this year’s Kent Business Summit will be sustainable economic growth for the county.
Launched in 2018, the Summit has become one of the key dates in the south east’s business and local government calendar, with its main sponsorship coming from Crowe, one of the leading audit, tax, advisory and risk firms in the UK. Its supporting sponsors include Brachers, Southeastern Railway and Santander.
Organised and hosted by the University’s Kent Business School (KBS), the summit encourages business, government and academia to collaborate in tackling challenges in four priority areas for county Kent: transport infrastructure, placemaking, productivity and skills development.
This year’s speakers include: internationally renowned ‘change maker’ and sharing economy expert Benita Matofska; Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer at the High-Value Marketing Catapult; Professor Jagjit Chadha, Chair of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research; and Bank of England South East Agent Phil Eckersley.
The University’s senior deputy vice-chancellor, David Nightingale, and Kent County Council leader Roger Gough, will provide the opening address.
Professor Marian Garcia, Dean of KBS, said: ‘We are thankful to this year’s sponsors for helping us to put together a momentous programme focusing on collaboration and sustainability. Through the Summit, and together with our partners, the University and Kent Business School are reaching out to the Kent community, offering advice and support in tackling the economic challenges ahead.’
Darren Rigden, partner, Audit and Business Solutions at Crowe, said: ‘We are proud to be the lead sponsor for the third year running of this prestigious and well-attended event. The event brings together many of the key people in Kent and provides a lot of insight to the business community which we work closely with in order to support them during which a very interesting and challenging time for businesses.’