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 second Technology Business Roundtable on the 3rd October 2019. The event concentrated on the key challenges the region currently faces, whilst reviewing and considering the possible preventative actions that could be implemented in order to futureproof the Thames Valley’s technology industry. 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
On the 24th January 2020, TVCC hosted the Rt Hon, Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West and current Minister for International Development.
Alok Sharma, citing the Government’s more recent plans to level-up the UK’s economic opportunities spoke on how Parliament will look to focus on improving infrastructure and skills. Talking also on key issues of sustainability, Alok discussed how individuals and businesses of all sizes could make a difference and that building sustainable infrastructure in the UK, and abroad, is likely to have the biggest impact on achieving zero-carbon by 2050.