Business Manifesto Advisory Group (BMAG)

The Business Manifesto Advisory Group (BMAG) acts as a scrutiny and review body, overseeing progress on the delivery of the Chamber’s annual Business Manifesto.

Chaired by an established and leading figure from business, the BMAG meets three times a year with agendas themed around the Business Manifesto’s main priorities. Reflecting on these and the wider issues affecting the Thames Valley and the prevailing political landscape, the BMAG continues to attract senior figures, Government representatives and business leaders as speakers and contributors.

We are currently developing the programme for 2022 and will share dates shortly. 

The most recent BMAG, chaired by Chris Parker, TVCC Associate and former Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, took place in July 2021, on the theme of Diversity and Inclusion.

We were delighted to welcome Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) as the keynote speaker and panellists Chico Chakravorty of Doing Diversity Differently, Roland White of Microsoft InternationalDr Ram Raghavan of COMPAIRA, and Sheri Hughes of PageGroup.

During the event, we launched our Diversity and Inclusion Charter, which aims to enable member organisations to not only demonstrate their commitment to promoting more diverse and inclusive workplaces, where all employees can truly belong, but realise an increase in their performance whilst delivering economic growth for the company and the region.

Meeting Summary and Key Points. 

In April 2021, the BMAG discussed EU Exit Transition.

We were delighted to welcome Keynote Speakers Caroline Turnbull-Hall, Director, PwC, who gave a presentation on PwC’s recent publication, “UK Trade: The New Agenda: Time for the UK to recast, reset and rework”  and offered perspectives relevant to our Thames Valley region / regional economy, and Liam Smyth, Director of Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Liam provided an insight into UK Trade figures; what Government didn’t know, and they know now; Where the challenges remain and opportunities are, and the ‘truths’ about doing business.

Meeting Summary and Key Points. 

To learn more about the BMAG and its work, please contact Jess Harrison, Policy and Project Executive.