A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


16.30 Company Shop Group

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

No time to waste: Protecting resources needs to be everyone’s business

Expert players from across the sector will join to debate and explore sustainable solutions to tackle today’s biggest environmental challenges


Whether it’s food or farming, plastics or pollution, an ongoing challenge for consumers, business and government is how we can do more to protect our environment and prevent unnecessary waste, whilst meeting consumer demand and maintaining a competitive economy. At a time when consumers are increasingly demanding to know where products come from and, just as importantly, where they go after use, this is an opportune moment for the industry to work collaboratively to address these challenges.

17.30 CBI supported by BVCA

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

Unlocking enterprise: delivering a new partnership between government and business

This fringe event will look at how government and business can work in partnership to build a more competitive Britain and unlock prosperity in the UK


With political uncertainty continuing to affect the UK’s economic growth prospects, now is the time for business and government to work in partnership to seize the opportunities before us. By showing the world the UK is a great place to do business, equipping the UK to compete and win on the world stage and backing business as a force for good, we can build a prosperous society for every region and nation.


08.30 Westminster City Council

Midland Hotel : Royce Suite

Setting local government free: fiscal devolution

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of local government and devolution from 8.30am – 9.30am at the Midland Hotel.


Local Government is at a crossroads. Over the past decade councils have become more creative with their budgeting to meet the needs of their residents, businesses and visitors. Can local government find a more sustainable way of funding itself? Should local government be allowed to keep more of the taxes it collects? Should localism mean fiscal devolution? Join us for a panel discussion on the future of local government and devolution from 8.30am – 9.30am at the Midland Hotel.

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