2021 ANNUAL
CONFERENCE

SEIZE THE MOMENT

ONLINE | 22 - 24 NOVEMBER

Experience the UK's highest profile business conference

Virtual conference
  • Virtual conference

    The CBI Annual Conference returns virtually with live recordings taking place across the country.

  • Seize the Moment

    Explore how business can transform the economy and seize the moment.

  • Political speakers

    Hear how government can work with business to unlock economic potential... 

  • Business leaders

    ...and be inspired by CEOs who are leading the way.

World Class Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference programme

  • 09:30
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    Welcome and opening keynote address

    Live session
    09:30 - 10:05

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 10:05
    Speaker to be announced
    Speaker to be announced

    Political keynote address

    Live session
    10:05 - 11:00

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

  • 11:00
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    Seize the Moment: on the march to a thriving UK economy

    Live session
    11:00 - 12:00

    Six months ago, the CBI set out an exciting and ambitious plan to transform the UK economy for the decade ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic, the net-zero imperative, the UK’s new global trading relationships and the ever-quickening pace of technological change are already transforming businesses and people’s lives. ​Our plan sets in motion the actions necessary to deliver this, and make the UK the most competitive, dynamic, and future-focused economy in the world. ​This session will assess progress made so far, and identify the actions that government, business and the CBI need to commit to in the year ahead. ​

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 12:00
    Speakers to be announced
    Speakers to be announced

    Economic clusters: from good to great

    Panel discussion | On-demand content
    12:00 - 12:45

    Businesses clustered in towns and cities across the UK can lead globally on opportunities ranging from net zero to advanced manufacturing. But to succeed, these clusters must be business-led, rooted in credible business cases, and sustained through long-term partnerships between businesses and the public sector. When deployed properly, the CBI believes clusters can help to level up the country, by playing to the distinctive local strengths and comparative advantages of our regions. In this session, you’ll hear from partners who are looking to take the UK’s clusters from good to world leading.​

  • 14:30
    Raj Singh-Dehal
    Raj Singh-Dehal

    Locking in employers' focus on employee wellbeing​

    Panel discussion | Live session
    14:30 - 15:30

    COVID-19 has put the health of the nation under the spotlight, underlining it as a key pillar of a strong economy. In the face of a global health crisis, businesses responded, placing an increased emphasis on supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees. The CBI aims to support the health of the nation by capitalising on this shift, showcasing the health and economic benefits of business-led health interventions. Join us to discuss the lessons learned from COVID-19, the latest research on the economic benefits of improving health standards, and the critical role business can play in this mission.

    Speakers
    • Raj Singh-Dehal
      Raj Singh-Dehal Chief Corporate Officer, Center Parcs
    • Jerome Saint-Marc
      Jerome Saint-Marc Chief Executive Officer, wilko
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 15:30
  • 09:30
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's keynote address

    Live session
    09:30 - 10:05

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 10:05
    Speaker to be announced
    Speaker to be announced

    Political keynote address

    Live session
    10:05 - 11:00

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

  • 11:15
    Phillip Gbormittah
    Phillip Gbormittah

    Ensuring work enables all talent to progress 

    Panel discussion | Live session
    11:15 - 12:15

    The decisions we take now – as business, and as a country – will impact social progress for years to come. It’s time for bold action. ​We must tackle the challenges that have held back too many people for too long. Everyone, regardless of their background or circumstance, must be able to develop their skills, access opportunities, and benefit from the resilience that comes through work. COVID-19 has massively accelerated some of the structural changes already underway in the economy and placed an even greater imperative on the importance of building inclusive workplaces and having diverse workforces​.

    Speakers
    • Phillip Gbormittah
      Phillip Gbormittah Director - EMEA & North America, Rosterfy
    • Dr Helene Roberts
      Dr Helene Roberts CEO, Robinson plc
    • Joanna Swash
      Joanna Swash CEO, Moneypenny
    • Gordon Wilson
      Gordon Wilson CEO, Advanced
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 12:30
    Elaine Birchall MBE
    Elaine Birchall MBE

    Authentic leadership for all

    On-demand content
    12:30 - 13:30

    Businesses with authentic and transformational leaders are more likely to unlock the benefits of diversity and inclusion. They’re seen as honest, transparent and have the power to change the culture and the character of a company. Having an authentic leader is the first step to drive inclusivity within a company, and it’s proven to be one of the reasons behind successful businesses. In this session, you’ll learn the importance of authentic leadership, and how to start your own journey to becoming an inspirational leader.

    Speakers
    • Elaine Birchall MBE
      Elaine Birchall MBE Chief Executive Officer, SHS Group Ltd
    • Cathy Donnelly
      Cathy Donnelly Senior Director of Talent, Liberty Information Technology
    • Nicky Taylor
      Nicky Taylor Head of Talent and Employee Experience, Moy Park
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 14:00
    Simon Eaves
    Simon Eaves

    Keynote address

    Live session
    14:00 - 14:15

    Speakers
    • Simon Eaves
      Simon Eaves CEO UKI, Accenture
  • 14:15
    Norman Bone
    Norman Bone

    Adopted by all: breakthrough ideas and technologies 

    Live session
    14:15 - 15:15

    During the pandemic many businesses embraced technology and delivered more digital change in months than previously thought only possible to achieve in years. If we continue to drive this, it can have a transformative effect on our economy and society. We know that stronger R&D growth correlates with faster sales advancement; digital adoption tracks better revenue development and firms that are embracing AI tend towards higher profits. But progress can be tricky and digitisation, automation and AI adoption can feel daunting. We must grip the opportunities presented. Innovation and technology are powerful engines of prosperity that will drive radical benefits across society.

    Speakers
    • Norman Bone
      Norman Bone Chair & CEO UK, Leonardo
    • Nicola Downing
      Nicola Downing Chief Operating Officer, Ricoh Europe
    • Rafel Jorda Siquier
      Rafel Jorda Siquier Founder and CEO, Open Cosmos
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 15:15
  • 09:30
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's opening remarks

    Live session
    09:30 - 09:35

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 09:30
    Chris Meadows
    Chris Meadows

    Making the UK a trading powerhouse

    Panel discussion | Live session
    09:30 - 10:30

    Trade plays a major role in our economy. It allows firms to find new sources of growth and revenue to become more productive and innovative. Yet the UK’s share of global trade has been falling. ​Now is the time to renew the UK’s place as an economic player on the world stage. We have the potential to develop more ‘superstar’ exporters. We also want to see more SMEs exporting. There are significant opportunities for certain sectors and types of firms where the UK has world-beating capabilities. The UK should also explore the major growth opportunities in key overseas markets.

     

    Speakers
    • Chris Meadows
      Chris Meadows Director, CSconnected
    • Nimesh Patel
      Nimesh Patel Chief Financial Officer, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 11:00
    Zahra Bahrololoumi
    Zahra Bahrololoumi

    Winning the race to net zero 

    Panel discussion | Live session
    11:00 - 12:00

    How will the UK continue to show leadership, beyond hosting COP26, to achieve net zero? ​As hosts of the UN’s 26th annual climate change summit the UK has a unique moment to showcase the major economic opportunities from decarbonisation including growing customer demand, lowering costs, entering new export markets, and stimulating job creation. However, the challenge now is maintaining this momentum and ensuring as we build back better everyone has a stake in the transition to net zero. Only business – in collaboration with government – can provide the scope of innovation and investment needed to achieve the UK’s ambitions.

    Speakers
    • Zahra Bahrololoumi
      Zahra Bahrololoumi EVP & CEO UKI, Salesforce
    • John Pettigrew
      John Pettigrew CEO, National Grid
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 14:00
    Lisa Brankin
    Lisa Brankin

    COP26: Reflections and next steps for business and government

    Panel discussion | Live session
    14:00 - 15:00

    Speakers
    • Lisa Brankin
      Lisa Brankin Managing Director, Ford of Britain & Ireland
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 16:00
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Annual Conference closing address

    Live session
    16:00 - 16:30

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
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