Two high profile speakers recently spoke at Foot Anstey's Exeter office, to debate and express their opinions of the current political and economic position the UK finds itself in.
Sir Peter Kendall, former President of the NFU gave insights from an agricultural point of view. The economy and business position was covered by Annie Gascoyne, the CBI's Head of Economic Policy, Tax & Fiscal Policy with Foot Anstey's Chairman Simon Gregory chairing the audience of over 70 delegates at Foot Anstey's Exeter office on Thursday 5 October.
Inevitably the event was predominately focussed on BREXIT, the state of the negotiations and the risk of no deal or indeed a bad deal was discussed. Several questions were asked from the floor and covered by each speaker.
Sir Peter Kendall highlighted the need for personal action and competitiveness speaking at length about how small improvements demonstrate everyone's drive to change. Highlighting the current challenging economy, Annie Gascoyne gave business leaders and managers from across the city the opportunity to ask questions about the CBI's position in relation to business and enterprise.
Sir Peter Kendall commented: "It is important not to pretend that we are always the best, but to seek constant improvements. Introducing small changes and influencing your own world is better than relying on politicians to provide solutions. We must demonstrate that we want to improve our position and the government will hopefully support an industry looking to help itself".
Annie Gascoyne added: "The South West has overall had a positive 2017 with tourism up, a booming order book for many exporting manufacturers like Princess Yachts and new investment in the region’s cities including a new Ikea site for Exeter. However, the business community must remain fleet of foot. Underlying issues do exist, especially in terms of productivity and a potential slowing consumer sector. As we approach the Autumn Budget the Government needs to take action on the domestic agenda through the Industrial Strategy, to provide businesses with the confidence to invest for the long-term."
The full to capacity event saw delegates attend from the region's leading businesses to network and to learn about ideas that will have an impact on the future of Exeter, their businesses and incomes.
Simon Gregory, Chairman of Foot Anstey wrapped up by saying: "Opportunities for our clients to get close to influential and respected speakers such as these are invaluable. Their thoughts and insights might not have solved the muddle the UK is in (who can!) but they did provide real help which will influence and aid business planning."