Digby Jones heads speaker list at Peterborough recession conference

BUSINESSES in Peterborough have been invited to discover positive and innovative ways to compete in the current climate with guest speaker Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham the former Minister for Trade and Investment at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Digby Jones will be in Peterborough on Wednesday April 29 for a Business Solutions for a Recession event at the KingsGate Conference Centre in Peterborough. The event will see Digby Jones join forces with Cambridgeshire agencies to discuss how Peterborough is supporting local business during the economic downturn, to raise awareness of how training can benefit and help businesses through difficult times and empower businesses to make smarter decisions.

Over 80 SME employers, managing directors, HR directors and senior decision-makers from Peterborough have signed up to take part in the half-day event, facilitated by TV presenter Stewart White. And, there is still time for other businesses to take part.

A presentation will also be given by keynote speaker Caroline Neville, regional director of East of England LSC, to discuss why employee training is more vital than ever in order to motivate employees, increase competitiveness and ensure a company is ready for when the down turn ends. The presentation will include details of the government and LSC initiatives available to support businesses including Train to Gain and National Apprenticeship Service.

Linda Jones, Executive Director of Peterborough Regional College will also discuss how high level skills are essential for economic prosperity, innovation and growth, plus the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for Peterborough to establish its own university.

Business Link East will provide ten top tips to ride out the recession and how companies can check the health of their business. John Pulford, Area Director for LTSB Commercial, will discuss how Lloyds is supporting local businesses through lending; and Chris Kubicki, Senior International Trade Adviser for East of England International will highlight the key capabilities that distinguish a business from competitors and how to market these to potential customers overseas.

Sue Churchill, Economic Development Manager, LSC Cambridgeshire, said: “I would urge any business who have not yet signed up to take part in this fantastic opportunity to discover the wealth of advice and support available to help Peterborough businesses compete and thrive to sign up now.”

Any Peterborough businesses who have not yet booked to attend this event can still do so by visiting www.alivecom.co.uk/events. The event will take place between
9.30 and 2pm. For more information about the event contact 01234 341200 or
email ali@alivecom.co.uk