Essex Global Summit – a resounding success

Essex Global Summit – a resounding success

The inaugural Essex Global Summit was a tremendous success for Essex Chambers of Commerce. We welcomed over 100 attendees to the wonderfully opulent surroundings of Hylands House in Chelmsford on Wednesday 22nd May to partake in a conference unlike anything bought to Essex before. Working in partnership with Chelmsford City Council the Summit bought together thought leaders and industry experts to explore the huge potential and opportunities open to Essex on the international stage.

The Essex Chambers team worked tirelessly to bring together an outstanding programme of speakers for a conference event that included keynote addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions. As the only accredited Chambers of Commerce in Essex we have fantastic access to globally respected companies and household names who agreed to participate in the day to share their expertise and insights to our attendees.

The speaker line-up included representatives from both Thames Freeport and Freeport East as well as BDO LLP to discuss the many benefits Freeports can bring to the region. We were delighted to be joined by William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce who outlined their position on global trade issues and the work they do to lobby for businesses across the Chambers network. It was also a pleasure to welcome Sally Jones, the Trade Strategy & Brexit Leader at EY UK, who gave a frank and insightful talk on the Windsor Framework.

Attendees had access to a host of business leaders, who were happy to share their experiences and knowledge on how they developed successful international companies, including the likes of Wilkin and Sons Ltd and Vegtrug Ltd. The day proved to be a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all sizes to learn from one another, as well as making connections and building relationships.

Cllr Marie Goldman, Deputy Leader of Chelmsford Council commented on the event, saying: “Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Essex economy. I’m proud to be the Deputy Leader of a council that understands the importance of supporting them and working in partnership with excellent organisations like the Essex Chambers of Commerce. Together we can create opportunities and an environment in which businesses can grow and thrive. I was very pleased to welcome them to Chelmsford at the start of the Global Summit event focusing on international trade.”

Denise Rossiter, CEO of Essex Chambers of Commerce said: “The Essex Global Summit is further proof that the county is open for business and global trade opportunities. With two Freeports, two airports and a wealth of expertise and passion there is endless potential for Essex to make its mark in the world of international commerce. I would like to personally thank our outstanding speakers for taking the time to share their knowledge with our attendees.

“Essex Chambers of Commerce is here to support you in all your international trade needs. Our dedicated service is available to anyone who needs guidance, documentation or access to training including funding opportunities. Our support maybe local to Essex but it has international reach.”

We would like to thank the following companies for participating and working with us on the Essex Global Summit; Arab-British Chambers of Commerce | BDO LLP | Bibby Financial Services | British Chambers of Commerce | Event Capture Photography | Export Unlocked | EY UK | Freeport East | Hylands Estate | Innovate UK | Marks Tey Radio | Olympus | Radio Essex | Thames Freeport | TTC wetranslate Ltd | Vegtrug Ltd | Wilkin & Sons Ltd | Woodland Group.