As the Chamber’s flagship event, Windsor Debates formulates clear and decisive messages that help shape and frame TVCC’s strategic policy direction and wider programme activity. Topical subjects provide opportunity for thought-provoking, insightful discussion to ensure we continue in our role as the leading voice in presenting the business case for the Thames Valley into Government, senior officials and key stakeholders representing the region. This biannual, invitation only event is held in the historic setting of Vicars’ Hall, Windsor Castle. We apply the spirit of Chatham House rules to foster a lively and interesting debate.
TVCC’s work programme includes a series of facilitated market and sector-focused business roundtables aimed at identifying the issues and opportunities affecting our membership and the region.
Life Sciences Business Roundtables
The overarching focus of these events is on how to ensure that the Thames Valley region remains a great place for life sciences companies to do business.
During the second Life Sciences Business Roundtable, the Chamber was invited by keynote speaker Matthew Speers, then Chief Executive of the Life Sciences Organisation at the Department for International Trade, to create a working group to contribute proposals to the next wave of the Life Sciences Sector Deal, part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. This group – the Thames Valley Life Sciences Sector Panel – is composed of senior representatives from organisations across the region, including academic institutions, life sciences companies, Local Enterprise Partnerships and health networks, and is working towards the finalisation of a Thames Valley Sector Deal proposal which links into the region’s Local Industrial Strategies. The Life Sciences Roundtables are supporting and contributing to the work of this group.
Technology Business Roundtable
The Chamber, in partnership with PwC, hosted its inaugural Technology Business Roundtable on the 31 January 2019. Concentrating on the issues, opportunities and challenges currently facing the Thames Valley’s technology sector, the event focused on how the region can collectively overcome some of the obstacles to growth in three core areas: Innovation, Investment and People & Skills. Read more here.
Political Working Lunches
Held on a regular basis throughout the year, this event provides the ideal opportunity for members to meet and speak to Parliamentary representatives. Through attendance, businesses gain an understanding of the structure and workings of the Westminster (UK) or Brussels (Europe) political world, learning how the political landscape can help with business issues. A Q&A session forms part of the event, allowing for informal feedback.
The events are held at the Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley Park, Reading and due to generous sponsorship from Microsoft, we are able to offer this lunch at a complimentary delegate rate for Chamber members.
Previous Political Working Lunches The last Political Working Lunch was held on the 5 July 2019. Speaking about the necessity of maintaining investment into infrastructure and the science and technology sectors, as well as future-proofing the region’s assets as the country transitions into a post-BREXIT world, we welcomed Ed Vaizey, Member of Parliament for Didcot and Wantage.