Thames Valley Chamber is proud of its reputation for running topical, high quality, diverse programmes of events at many of the region’s most iconic venues. From sector focused business round tables to International Conferences we bring business people together to share best practice, develop new business opportunities and learn from each other.
In 2017, event content will increasingly focus on campaigns that our members tell us are most important to them. These include energy, technology, regional competitiveness, and going global. Our ‘Made in’ campaigns provide an opportunity to showcase business achievements through film, digital media. Through our events and campaign programme we want to celebrate and share what’s great about our local business communities. Find out more about our Made in Bucks campaign.
If you would like to find out more about any of our events or discuss speaking opportunities, please speak to your business manager or call 01753 870500.
Here is a brief description of some of our event themes for 2017:
Bank of England Inflation Report
In order to maintain price stability, the Government has set the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) a target for the annual inflation rate of the Consumer Price Index of 2%. Subject to that, the MPC is also required to support the Government’s objective of maintaining high and stable growth and employment. The inflation report is published quarterly by bank staff under the guidance of the members of the MPC.
The Bank of England’s Agency for Central Southern England visits the Thames Valley on a quarterly basis, to gather information directly from local business leaders. It is this data, together with equivalent data from the 11 other regional agents, that is fed back to the MPC in order that they can make a decision on the position of interest rates.
The events take place one week after the Inflation Report has been published. The Bank’s agent summarises the report and takes questions from the delegates.
Business & Education
A comprehensive events programme dedicated to bridging the gap between business and education. Inspirational, interactive and educational each event explores key policy issues around the ‘skills gap’ providing delegates with best practice guides. High calibre of expert speakers, panel debates and informative sessions attendees have the opportunity to engage, learn and hear about the latest developments on the subject.
Exclusively for Corporate-level members, the purpose of this programme is to share the insights of the most successful companies in the region with peers. Our aim is to provide a forum that stimulates ideas for innovation amongst the attendees. The objective is to provide members with case studies of how others are adopting successful tactics. We aim to provide a peer to peer networking to allow for offline further discussion and cooperation. The series aim is to provide a platform for companies to showcase their activities, products and leaders.
Business Leaders will cover their chosen subject whether international issues, business growth, change management, rebranding, diversification and industry insights to share their thoughts on successful strategies, leadership, management and market positioning. Events are held throughout the Thames Valley.
Energy focused events were launched in 2013. These are for senior managers, innovators looking for commercial opportunities arising from the changing energy scene and those responsible for energy procurement and analysis.
The 2016 programme concluded with an Energy Conference hosted at the Williams F1 Centre in Oxfordshire. A full programme covered both UK and International energy challenges and solutions including hydrogen, evolution of electric vehicles and fuel cell technology. The programme for 2017 will include another Conference in the Autumn.
International Trade Forum
This comprehensive event programme is targeted towards conducting international business and making contacts. Our programme of events provide advice, guidance and information on the many aspects of international trade, whether it be exploring opportunities in overseas markets, topical issues in the world of global trading, business cultural and communication plus much more.
Political Working Lunch
At this flagship political event, members will gain an understanding of the structure and workings of the Westminster or Brussels political world. Learn how the political landscape can help you with business issues. You will also be able to get involved in a Q&A session. Use the opportunity to hear from and feedback to political influencers. Guest speakers will be either a Thames Valley based Member of Parliament or South East Member of the European Parliament. Guests in 2017 are John Redwood, MP for Wokingham in March, Fiona McTaggart, MP for Slough in July and an MEP in November.
The lunch is hosted at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading and thanks to the generous sponsorship from our hosts, we are able to offer this event at a complimentary rate for members.
Property & Construction Group
This group seeks to engage with all property and construction professionals with an agenda that covers topical and relevant issues within the sectors. Topics are derived from either business intelligence drawn from within property experts in membership or headlines created by changes in legislation or policy initiatives. The group is aimed at consultants, developers, contractors, service providers and Local Authority planners. Events in 2017 will be held in Oxford, Reading and Swindon.
These Forums delivers keynotes from the industry’s top technology executives and is hosted by some of the key brand names in the industry. Previous hosts have been O2, Symantec, HTC and Cisco. The Forum attracts a broad audience which encompasses IT directors, marketing directors, marketing executives, business owners and anyone with a passion for IT, emerging technology and new innovations. Previous topics covered include flexible working, cybercrime, security, mobility, innovation and emerging products. The Forum is targeted at all levels of membership with an interest in technology and future trends. The flagship event in the programme is the International Technology Conference which this year takes place on Wednesday 17 May, once again at Microsoft Campus in Reading.