Featuring guest speaker – Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive of Spelthorne Borough Council.
Place West London’s combination of a high-level conference programme and business networking opportunities focussed on West London is unique. It’s the place for anyone involved in the sub-region to get together, share ideas, discuss the future, and make new contacts.
Attendees are drawn from:
The Public Sector – local authorities send senior Officers and Members active and interested in planning, economic development, regeneration, housing, transport, environment and more.
Associations, academia and interest groups – locally based groups like Chambers of Commerce, representative membership bodies, universities and colleges send delegates to the event.
Regeneration and property – regeneration companies, property developers, investors and consultants are present, many as sponsors.
Businesses & Occupiers – many private sector operations based in West London and with a stake in its future come to use the opportunity to get their views heard, and network with others.
BCC open letter to PM: Businesses need clarity on Brexit
7th February 2018
As Cabinet ministers gather today to discuss the government’s negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Adam Marshall, the BCC’s Director General, write an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government’s objectives.
In the letter, the BCC’s leaders urge the government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses of all sizes and sectors can make decisions for the future.
This is a pivotal time for UK businesses. As negotiations on the UK’s departure from the EU continue, we have a narrow window of opportunity to understand your company’s priorities – and to feed the latest views from Chamber business communities into the highest levels of government as the UK’s negotiating stance is set.
Two minutes of your time gives your Chamber – and the British Chambers of Commerce team at Westminster – the real-world business input we need in order to stand up for your interests.
I hope you’ll add your voice – we will do everything possible to ensure it is heard.
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce.
The FSB Small Business Index has fallen more than three points to record only the second negative reading in five years, and reach its lowest level since the months immediately following the referendum on leaving the EU in 2016.
The index score stood at -2.5 in the fourth quarter of 2017, down from +1.1 in the third quarter and significantly down from the highwater mark of +20.0 that was achieved in the first quarter of the year.
Despite the continued decline, the index has yet to match the dip to -2.9 felt in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and small business confidence in the capital improved markedly after falling to a near six-year-low the quarter before.
Small businesses in the north of England and Scotland are particularly pessimistic.
The share of businesses expecting to downsize, close or hand on the business over the coming year stood at 14.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, up from 9.4 per cent a year ago and the largest share since data collection began in 2012.