LIVERPOOL | COBCOE | 'We need to talk about... the Global Future of Business'

‘We need to talk about... the Global Future of Business' is a one-day conference to help businesses plan for a prosperous future. The aim is to provide a new understanding of what the future holds by hearing first hand from UK government ministers and senior business representatives.

The conference will cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • What the desired Brexit agreement will look like
  • Government strategies to promote skills, productivity, FDI and UK-EU trade after Brexit
  • Changes to supply chains and changes to the way we work brought about by new trade relationships, new technologies and the rise of Central Eastern Europe
  • How UK and European businesses can compete in fast-changing global markets

There will also be a unique opportunity for international networking with business representatives who will be attending from across the COBCOE network and beyond.


To register for the conference, please go to the Eventbrite page.


Session 1: We need to talk about... Brexit as a catalyst for change 

Panel 1: UK business – Trade organisations discuss how to prepare for the changes

Panel 2: European business – Effects of Brexit and the need to develop a competitive edge

(The conference will join the wider festival programme for the opening of the event.)

Session 2: We need to talk about... The ultimate Brexit trade agreement 

Panel discussion: What is the strategy for driving competitiveness, growth, productivity and FDI, as well as frictionless trade?

Session 3: We need to talk about... Reshaping the supply chain and changing how we work 

Panel 1: Skills, growth and industrial strategy

Panel 2: Central Eastern Europe – from poor relation to industrial powerhouse



  • Senior UK Government ministers (to be confirmed)
  • Helen Brand OBE, CEO Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Christopher Dottie, Managing Director Spain, Hays
  • Wouter Schuitemaker, Managing Director, EMEA, Hickey & Associates
  • Paul Hardy, Brexit Director, DLA Piper
  • Daniel Shillito, President, British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
  • Anton Valk CBE, Chairman, Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Wrobel, Editor, Emerging Europe
  • David Thomas MBE, Chairman, COBCOE
  • Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO, EEF


For more details, please download the speakers and panels document

To register for the conference, please go to the Eventbrite page.


Delegates who attend the COBCOE Conference will also be able to access the entire International Business Festival from 12 to 28 June free of charge. 

Entry to the COBCOE Conference and the International Business Festival is free to international visitors from outside the UK. (There may be an additional charge for some hosted events at the festival.) For more information, please contact Phoebe Lindsay.


If you would like information about supporting or sponsoring this conference for a speaking opportunity and other marketing benefits, please download the partnership pack for details.


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