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 of activity. Topical subjects provide opportunity for thought-provoking, insightful discussion. This ensures 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. New insights emerging from these events are fed into our Business Manifesto, which outlines the opportunities and challenges the Chamber wants to champion in the year ahead.
During the Debates, we apply the spirit of the Chatham House rule to foster a lively and interesting discussion.
Historically a one-day event, held twice a year in the prestigious setting of Vicars’ Hall, Windsor Castle, the most recent debates (September 2020 and March 2021) have taken place using digital platforms.
Windsor Debates – September 2021
We hope to return to holding the Windsor Debates as a face to face event in the historic surroundings of Windsor Castle. The scheduled date for this event is Friday, 24th September 2021.
“The event was superb! Very well run with a great upbeat tempo and vibe in the room. I also got a great deal from the speakers you had…one of the most engaging seminars I’ve been to in years…”.
Karl Simons, Thames Water
“May I congratulate you all on your part in creating and delivering what was undoubtedly the best ever Windsor Debates held by the Chamber and I have attended almost all of them. The best in every respect, not only as regards to the engagement of the audience but the excited buzz in the room throughout the day and during the evening”.
The overarching theme of the March event reflected the Chamber’s ongoing focus on a low carbon, green economy and on showcasing commercially transferable best practice, leadership and innovation from across the Thames Valley – a key priority within our 2021 Business Manifesto. We discussed and challenged the business case for sustainability and examined how we as a business community can work together to meet current and future challenges and inform the work of COP26.
During the course of this week-long, digital event, we hosted 9 sessions covering themes ranging from Technology and The Future of Travel (imminent and medium-term) to Mental Health and A Scientific Perspective on COVID-19. We also discussed The Future of Trade with the USA, hosted an MPs’ Roundtable and held a conversational session with Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson, US Ambassador to the UK.
During this Debate we explored the benefits of promoting diversity, inclusion and good mental health in the workplace. Industry speakers examined international developments and shared real-life examples of how strategies have been implemented and their impact on employees. We were privileged to welcome former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as our keynote dinner speaker.