I recently attended the Banking, Finance and Investment conference at Discovery Park (home to our newest office).
The conference, organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, was a highly informative day with speakers including Ian McCafferty (member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee), Mike Granville (Head of Policy and Briefing at the Post Office Limited), Paul Carter (Leader of Kent County Council), local MP Laura Sandys, and a statement from Oli Rehn (Vice-President, Economic and Monetary Affairs at the European Commission).
There were also several speakers from the Government of Bangladesh and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce, with which our local Chamber has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation, investment and trade.
The conference provided a great opportunity to hear from several key individuals who are shaping the future of both the local and national economies. The setting of interest rates was of course of major interest to delegates, the positive message seemingly is that when interest rates inevitably do rise they will do so only gradually and may well ultimately not return to the average levels experienced pre-2008.
However, it was also a notable reflection on the significance of Discovery Park’s success as a hub for technology, business and enterprise both at national and international levels that the conference was able to draw such high-calibre speakers.
As a firm we are excited by the opportunities to be part of this success and the growth of the wider East Kent economy.
by Thomas Evans, Associate