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Ingenuity: Prosperity in a time of economic uncertainty

6 March, 7:45 am - 9:30 am

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We’re delighted to welcome two new speakers: Richard Blackmore, East Midlands Regional Director for the CBI, and Professor Paul Mizen of the University of Nottingham.  Richard and Paul will be sharing insights into how the current economic landscape is affecting small companies.  And what businesses can do to prepare themselves to weather the storm of uncertainty. 

Expert speakers

In summary, the CBI represents the views of member businesses to policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.  It has relationships with 190,000 businesses of all sizes across the UK.  As a result, it enjoys a unique insight into what Brexit means for UK prosperity.  Richard will be sharing some of this insight into how the current landscape of uncertainty is affecting small companies.  Furthermore, he will be covering what, if anything, businesses can do to prepare themselves to weather the storm of uncertainty.

Immediately after the Brexit vote, Professor Paul Mizen in the School of Economics, University of Nottingham and Professor Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University, the Bank of England and HM Treasury, set up a Decision Maker Panel survey.  This consists of senior executives from across industries and around the country to assess the impact of substantial economic uncertainty.  Both in the UK and internationally.  The responses to this are now informing the Monetary Policy Committee, BEIS and HM Treasury.  Since August 2016, this panel has collected information on how business conditions are changing.  Drawing from this, Paul will share some initial observations.

Richard Blackmore
Regional Director for the East Midlands, CBI

Richard has been Regional Director for the East Midlands since March 2016, having previously worked as the CBI’s London Assistant Director, working with global infrastructure, manufacturing, engineering and technology companies.  Prior to joining the CBI, Richard has over 15 years working in the leisure industry.  He has partnered with a number of major operators, from trade associations to sports governing bodies.

Professor Paul Mizen
Professor of Monetary Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Paul has been in the School of Economics at Nottingham since 1992 and is currently Professor of Monetary Economics and Director of the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics.  He is a consultant at the Bank of England and a former visiting scholar at the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund.  Moreover, he has taught in the University of Vienna, the European University Institute, Florence and Princeton University.  He is also Chairman of the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group, and the Principal Investigator on the Bank of England’s Decision Maker Panel.

Further information and registration

For anyone managing a business in 2018, this is an event not to be missed. Join us for great networking, a hearty free breakfast and insights into a subject that is impacting all small businesses today.  Here’s the running order for the event:

07:45 – 08:10       Registration, breakfast and networking
08:10 – 08:15       Welcome and introductions
08:15 – 09:00      Keynote
09:00 – 09:10      Q&A
09:10 – 09:30      The Shop Window
09:30…                  Networking – for those that want to stay on

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Enabling Innovation Programme.  This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

The ‘Shop Window’

This is your chance to take the floor to make a brief presentation to the room about something you are looking for help with.

From the University? If you have a business-facing project or want to work with local small and medium-sized businesses as part of your research, this is your opportunity to make contact with business owners.  Our network members are already interested in what happens at the University and may well be interested in participating with your initiative.

From a business? Sorry, but the Shop Window isn’t the time for a “60 second pitch”.  Feedback from our network members tells us that our businesses want something different from Ingenuity.  However, it is your opportunity to do some research of your own: request volunteers for new product or service trials, ask if anyone has any recommendations for difficult-to-find suppliers, or simply share some news that the audience might not find out about otherwise.

If you would like to participate in the Shop Window just drop us a line.

This event will take place in the Sir Colin Campbell Building, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.  Since this is a free event, interest is bound to be strong.  So don’t delay, register today.


6 March
7:45 am - 9:30 am




Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham
Sir Colin Campbell Building, Triumph Road
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 2TU United Kingdom
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