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18 February 2019

Dorset Business Forum – Brexit Business Conference

Dorset Business Forum – Brexit Business Conference

Businesses have many questions on both domestic and international trade as the UK prepares to exit the EU. This non-partisan event, brought to you by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dorset LEP and Bournemouth University, seeks to provide advice and information for business as we look to the future. The event will not debate the leave and remain arguments but seek to provide clarity for businesses where possible. 

This event is kindly sponsored by Purple HR, offering HR solutions for SME's and is free for both members and non-members of the Dorset Chamber to attend. 

The event brings together an impressive range of speakers including an expert panel to discuss questions coming from businesses attending. Please note this event is free to attend and open to all businesses. To allow the maximum number businesses to benefit from this event, bookings are limited to 2 people per business and bookings are on a 'first come first save' basis.

Booking is available via the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry website HERE.

The event programme is as follows:


Registration and networking 10.30 am to 11.00 am

Welcome and introduction 11.00 am to 11.05 am Ian Girling

An introductory overview of the economy, challenges and opportunities 11.05 am to 11.15 am Professor Nigel Jump

An overview of the international landscape and trade opportunities that exist 
for UK businesses both in the EU and wider international markets 11.15 am to 11.30 am Matthew Elliott

Update on discussions and events in Westminster and thoughts on 
the way forward for UK PLC 11.30 am to 11.45 am Conor Burns

EU Exit Business Intelligence and Readiness Directorate
Information and advice for businesses 11.45 am to 11.55 am

Comfort break 11.55 am to 12.05 am

Panel introductions and discussion 12.05pm – 1.00pm

Panel members

Matthew Elliott, Political strategist and lobbyist
Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, Alderney and Branksome East
Dave Ford, Regional Director, Corporate Banking, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC
Simon Boyd, Managing Director at REIDsteel (John Reid & Sons Ltd)
Professor Nigel Jump, Strategic and Analytical Economist
Linda Jacques, International Trade Lawyer, Lester Aldridge


1 March 2019
Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton
Grove Road, East Overcliff, Bournemouth BH1 3DN
10.30 - 1:00

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